Orchestra Baobab’s ‘Fayinkounko’ Is A Real Joy

Sparkling West African pop with a touch of class...

Orchestra Baobab started life as the house band in a top Senegal nightspot.

Ruling the roost in the late 70s, the band fused funky Western sounds with techniques derived from West African traditions.

The band's emotional return a decade ago helped shine renewed light on their legacy, as well as preparing new paths for the group to follow.

New album 'Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng' will be released on March 31st (pre-order LINK), and it's an absolute joy – the sound of wonderful musicians crafting songs for the love of art.

Clash is able to premiere new cut 'Fayinkounko' and it unfolds with a palpable sense of grace, the coy, playful rhythms matched by delirious melody.

A real ear-worm of a track, 'Fayinkounko' seems to radiate with shimmering, beatific light – a real Friday afternoon pick me up, in other words.

Tune in now.

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