Bandleader Balla Sidibé, one of many founders of the famed Senegalese Afro-Latin band Orchestra Baobab, handed away on Wednesday, July 29 in Dakar, Senegal.

In a press launch, the band’s report label, World Music Data said: “We’re very unhappy to announce that Balla Sidibé, founder member, lead singer, percussionist and composer of Orchestra Baobab handed away this morning. Balla was a large of African music and an amazing and mild man. Our ideas are along with his household, buddies and fellow musicians.”

Balla Sidibé at entrance with Orchestra Baobab – Picture by Judith Burrows

Born in 1942 within the Casamance area of Senegal, Sidibé deserted an early profession within the police power to turn out to be a musician, no matter his household’s disapproval. All through the mid-1960s he performed in numerous Dakar bands, assembly future Baobab colleagues Rudy Gomis and Barthelemy Attisso alongside the best way. All three had been recruited in 1970 to play in the home band at new trendy Dakar vacation spot Membership Baobab, the place they had been joined by Charlie Ndiaye, Laye Mboup and Issa Cissokho. The ensemble turned the famed Orchestra Baobab.

Orchestra Baobab loved big success throughout West Africa all through the 1970s, with Sidibé answerable for writing lots of the band’s finest identified songs together with the hit ‘On Verre Ca’. Regardless of an extended interruption within the late 1980s and 1990s, Baobab reformed to launch the critically acclaimed ‘Specialist In All Kinds’ in 2001, beginning a brand new period of worldwide touring and additional acclaimed releases.

Orchestra Baobab had been celebrating their 50th anniversary this yr, with exhibits being deliberate for 2021 and rehearsals going down, with Sidibé, simply hours earlier than he handed away.

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Learn extra about Orchestra Baobab.

Writer: World Music Central Information Division

World music information from the editors at World Music Central

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