Baaba Maal on Desert Island Discs

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Baaba Maal, African soul rebel. Photo by {link:http://www.flickr.com/photos/abudoma/3361015084/}Abudoma{/link}

The Gambia is entirely surrounded by Senegal; and consequently the two countries’ peoples share tribal origins, languages and a good deal of history and culture. Both countries have thriving music scenes yet in terms of breaking through to the international scene, Senegal is somewhat out there on its own.

Baaba Maal, the Senegalese genius, has been on these shores in the last few weeks – playing the African Soul Rebels tour amongst other things (with Oliver Mtukudzi and Extra Golden). Whilst here he was also a guest of Kirsty Young’s on Desert Island Discs. He made some fascinating choices – from ‘So What’, the opening track on Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, to ‘Boulmamine’ by Orchestra Baobab, another Senegalese band that are well worth checking out. The full list is below:

1. Boulmamine
Performer Orchestra Baobab, Ndiouga Dieng
Composer Ndiouga Dieng
CD Title Orchestra Baobab: Bamba
Track 2
Label STERN’S AFRICA
Rec No STCD3003

2. Lion
Performer Burning Spear
Composer W. Rodney
CD Title Burning Spear: Reggae Greats
Track 3
Label MANGO (Island Records Ltd.)
Rec No CIDRG5

3. Amen
Performer Otis Redding
Composer Trad.
CD Title Otis Redding Story
Track Disc 3 Track 9
Label ATLANTIC
Rec No 7567817622

4. Ame
Performer Bebe Manga
CD Title Golden Afrique Vol.1
Track Disc 1
Track 2
Label NETWORK
Rec No B00076PZPC

5. Noir C’est Noir
Performer Johnny Hallyday
Composer Chris Long/Johnny Hallyday
CD Title Johnny Hallyday: No. 9
Track 7
Label PHILIPS
Rec No 5469482

6. Senegal-Mauritanie
Performer Kaouding Cissoko
Composer Kaouding Cissoko
CD Title Kora Revolution
Track 10
Label PALM PICTURES
Rec No YOFFCD 0032

6. So What
Performer Miles Davis
Composer Miles Davis
CD Title Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue
Track 1
Label COLUMBIA
Rec No CK64935

7. One Love/People Get Ready
Performer Bob Marley
Composer Bob Marley, Curtis Mayfield
CD Title Legend The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers
Track 9
Label TUFF GONG
Rec No 5489042

Baaba Maal is also giving away a free mp3 on his website – a version of ‘Koni’ featuring the Jamaican guitar legen Ernerst Ranglin, taken from his live acoustic album, On The Road. It’s a gorgeous track and well worth downloading. You can get it by simply clicking on the link below.

Download: Baaba Maal – Koni (feat. Ernest Ranglin)

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2 Responses to “Baaba Maal on Desert Island Discs”

  1. Dennis April 29, 2009 1:34 pm #

    Some interesting links on Baaba Maal for anyone wanting further information…

    http://www.baabamaal.tv

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baaba-Maal/42873995080?ref=mf

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=390285767

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