Afro-Cuban psychedelia from ’60s-’70s Senegal collected in new Ostinato LP





“For Dakar’s youth, dancing to Cuban music was a revolutionary act.”

Shining a light on Afro-Cuban psychedelia from Senegal in the sixties and seventies, Ostinato Records has compiled the music of Star Band de Dakar in a new LP of the same name.

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“Cuban music for the Senegalese was the portal to a more just modern world,” shares Ostinato. “For Dakar’s youth, with access to a slew of new nightclubs in the 1960s and ’70s, dancing to Cuban music was a revolutionary act.”

“With just two microphones and a four-track Revox tape recorder, Ibrahim Kassé, Star Band’s founder and owner of Le Miami, recorded their entire catalog in his nightclub. Six of Star Band’s most psychedelic Afro-Cuban tracks, an ode to their finest hour, are selected here.”

Remastered in original mono, the Star Band De Dakar LP also includes a 12-page booklet.

It follows Ostinato’s Two Niles To Sing A Melody: The Violins and Synths of Sudan – one of our favourite reissues of 2018, as well as a compilation of music by tambour player Abu Obaida Hassan.

Pre-order a copy here ahead of its 22nd February release, listen to ‘Guajira Ven’ and check out the track list below.


Side A

A1. Guajira Ven
A2. Misterioso
A3. Andado

Side B

B1. Mariama
B2. Danguele Fasso
B3. Le Lolaye