Baaba Maal

Dom Robinson reviews

Baaba Maal
Live at the Royal Festival Hall
July 13th, 1988Distributed by
Palm Pictures


  • PALMDVD 3013-2
  • Cert: E
  • Running time: 71 minutes
  • Year: 2000
  • Pressing: 2000
  • Region(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (UK PAL)
  • Chapters: 8 plus extras
  • Sound: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 (Stereo)
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Widescreen: 16:9 (1.77:1)
  • 16:9-enhanced: Yes
  • Macrovision: No
  • Disc Format: DVD 9
  • Price: £15.99
  • Extras : Scene index, Trailers, Interview, Picture gallery, DVD-ROM content


      Ian Watts

The Performers:

    Baaba Maal
    Daande Lenol
    Ernest Ranglin
    Ira Coleman
    The Screaming Orphans
    Choir Connexion

Baaba Maal: Live at the Royal Festival Hallis one of the first five concerts filmed, recorded and mixed specifically forDVD, featuring Baaba Maal and his backing band Daande Lenol – which translatesas “Voice of the People” – and comes in both DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1sound formats, as well as a traditional stereo version.

The concert was filmed on six digital cameras and the sound was recorded byusing 48-track digital equipment. If that’s not enough for you, the concertalso features special guests Ernest Ranglin, Ira Coleman, The ScreamingOrphans and Choir Connexion.

The film is presented in an anamorphic 16:9 ratio – unlike the Region 1’s4:3-cropped ratio – and looks very good indeed with plenty of colour and nonoticeable artifacts. The average bitrate is a good 7.50Mb/s.

The sound fares even better with two major sound formats – Dolby Digital 5.1and DTS 5.1 – and one with which to blast your neighbours. A plain stereooption is also available.

Extras : Chapters & Trailers :There are only 8 chapters on the disc, but it still works out at one per trackand many of them are fairly long. The complete listing is as follows :