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  • Summary: The first new studio release for the Afro-Cuban band from Senegal in 10 years is a tribute to singer Ndiouga Dieng, who passed away in November 2016.
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Bo takei seu diego am ak mom ay dom Boko wathié wathie ndiabot takhawalou Lolou amoul mana Anh yaw mi djigueno neu ngeu diapeu seu sey Tei fo meuneu... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Apr 4, 2017
    80
    Orchestra Baobab have truly mellowed with age--those expecting a rawer and urgent take on West African rhythms may come away disappointed--but Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng is a triumphant spin on their classic style.
  2. Mar 30, 2017
    80
    Tribute to Ndougo Dieng may delineate a new phase for this band in the studio, but the music on offer is satisfying; it's deeper and wider and the elements of joy are untouched by time. And make no mistake, it still slides down the spine toward the belly to create an almost irresistible temptation to dance.
  3. Mar 28, 2017
    80
    Old-school Africa at its finest.
  4. Mar 30, 2017
    80
    A charming and classy return.
  5. Apr 4, 2017
    75
    Deep into their career, Dieng at times reveals the advanced stage of its players. The songs are taken a step slower, the rhumbas show a consideration for the pulse as well as the spaces between them, and the themes in some manner or another touch upon mortality.
  6. Mar 28, 2017
    70
    The songs are not fast ones, staying in a midtempo range, but each one carries a steady beat, leading gentle, swaying dances. It’s hypnotic, utterly relaxing, and a reminder that slowing down doesn’t have to mean giving up.
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    Mar 28, 2017
    70
    What is new is the extensive use for the first time of the Kora, a lyrical embellishment that slots dreamily into the melodic elegance of the classic Baobab shuffle. It's good to have them back. [May 2017, p.37]

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