Baaba Maal’s Spotify Playlist

Baaba Maal talks about his Africa Express playlist


Baaba Maal’s Playlist

  1. Bob Marley – One Love “A beautifully simple song, with such a powerful message.”
  2. Miles Davis – So What “Recorded 50 years ago, it seems to grow and develop with every hearing. Possibly the best recording of the 20th. centuary.”
  3. Kaouding Cissoko – Senegal-Mauritanie “This wonderful melody highlights the brilliance of  the late Kaouding on the Kora, a multi stringed lute-harp from West Africa. He was a true friend and missed by all who met him. “
  4. Burning Spear – Lion “This song transports me back to Podor in Senegal, where I was born. As a child I watched the lion prides at the water hole and marvelled at their majesty.”
  5. Johnny Hallyday – Noir C’est Noir – Stade De France 2009 “When I studied in Paris, this song became the soundtrack to everything new and exciting happening to me, newly arrived in the city. “
  6. Orchestra Baobab – Coumba “They have been making the most sublime music for what seems like all my life. No matter where I am in the world, listening to them takes me straight back to my home, Senegal. “
  7. Ali Farka Touré – Debe “Simply two master musicians listening and learning from each other, so it seems as if they merge into one.”
  8. Fela Kuti – Sorrow Tears and Blood “The king of African music. His life was so much more than just music, a true warrior whose influence grows ever stronger.”
  9. Staff Benda Bilili – Moto Moindo “A band with so much spirit. As they say ‘don’t pity us'”
  10. King Tubby – Blood Of Africa “Dub music is such a unique art form, where less really is more. I never tire of it.”
  11. John Martyn – Small Hours “John was a genius. He took a musical style and made it his own. I love to sit out at night and stare at the stars with this tune on replay.
  12. Alemayehu Eshete – Nèy-Nèy wèlèba “The Ethiopian ‘Elvis’ some say. A splendid singer who uses his voice  like an instrument.”
  13. Tony Allen – Afro – Disco Beat “The drummers drummer. Tony plays with such beauty. He has Afrobeat written on his heart. I love him.”
  14. Bob & Earl – Harlem Shuffle “This tune from the sixties sums up what I look for in music: passion, soul, splendid playing and above all fun.”
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