Baobab-Gateway – Strings That Sing
- Jan Fairley
- 6 January 2012
Accomplished Scottish-African musicians with healthy, multicultural roots
Baobab-Gateway’s name pinpoints the West African influences found in their original sound. The international pedigree and multi-ethnicity of these experienced Scottish based musicians (Salsa Celtica, Bhundu Boys, Waa Sylla) is a starting point for music that uses different African harps and fiddles alongside thumb piano, guitars and trombone for an intriguing set of 11 songs and instrumentals.
The philosophical texts for songs like ‘Pullin’ Me’ and ‘Salaya’ embedded in the ‘here-and-now’ typify a lively, rhythm based yet gentle music full of subtle virtuosity. They evoke a world where individuals and their communities matter – perhaps just what is needed to start 2012.