Bábá Mo Túndé

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's been ten years since King Sunny Ade last released a studio album, so this is a welcome return for Nigeria's finest, backed up by a vigorous young band on a double-CD set that gives him plenty of time to stretch out. There might not be too many tracks, but that's because they all receive plenty of air, especially the half-hour-plus of "Baba Mo Tunde," which takes wing halfway through and soars like a Grateful Dead jam for the remaining 15 minutes. The production is lovingly crisp, with the percussion well to the fore. King Sunny Ade himself seems happier to play a background role, although there are moments when he comes to the fore and his delightfully incisive ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's been ten years since King Sunny Ade last released a studio album, so this is a welcome return for Nigeria's finest, backed up by a vigorous young band on a double-CD set that gives him plenty of time to stretch out. There might not be too many tracks, but that's because they all receive plenty of air, especially the half-hour-plus of "Baba Mo Tunde," which takes wing halfway through and soars like a Grateful Dead jam for the remaining 15 minutes. The production is lovingly crisp, with the percussion well to the fore. King Sunny Ade himself seems happier to play a background role, although there are moments when he comes to the fore and his delightfully incisive guitar work rolls out like a bell, as on part of "Eyi Ma Dun To." That's one of two jokers in the pack here, beginning in a very folksy way, with plentiful flute, before capturing the eternal groove. The other anomaly is the King Britt remix of "Baba Mo Tunde," shorter than the original and eminently dispensable next to the real thing. Americans Wayne Horvitz and Joe Doria both add keyboard, with "Oro Yi Bale" a virtual Hammond-fest that adds Transatlantic soul to the Yoruba mix. This is Ade at his finest, not even losing a yard of his pace over the last decade. Now we should all just hope that we don't have to wait ten more years for his next work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Mesa Bluemoon
  • UPC: 899653002147
  • Catalog Number: 2147
  • Sales rank: 100,471

Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Sunny Ade Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Rasaki Aladokun talking drum, Sakara
Joe Doria fender rhodes, DX-7, Hammond B3
John Wlaysewski Guitar, Soloist
Damon Bennett Flute, Keyboards
Taiwo Adeyemo Choir, Chorus, Dancer
Temitayo Olatunbosun Adebanjo Choir, Chorus
Olushina Abiodun Omoroga Choir, Chorus, omele
Samuel Oluwatoyin Oyetola Bass Guitar
Eniola Adebayo Choir, Chorus
Charles Bamidele Adesanmi Keyboards
Matthew Orimogunje Percussion
Joseph Ojo Ogunlade Choir, Chorus
Kehinde Adeyemo Choir, Chorus, Dancer
Ademola Azeez Sakara
Nojeen Alani Ayangoke talking drum
Olatunji Kehinde Shekere
Segun Kalajaiye Guitar
Technical Credits
Andrew Frankel Producer, Executive Producer
Wayne Horvitz Producer
Phil Nicolo Engineer, Mastering
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats Arranger, Composer
King Britt Remixing
Traditional Composer
Matt Brown Engineer
Bob Redmond Logistics
Antonio G. Barata Art Direction
Adeyinka Adesokan Executive Producer
R.a. Adeleke Osogbo Artwork
Kiah Patzkowsky Production Support
Awise Agbaye Liner Notes
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