Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sabar Attack!

Bonne Année! Sixty-six minutes of red-hot Mbalax from Senegal's master of the sabar, Mbaye Dieye Faye, help us kick off the New Year.

Faye was born in 1960 in the Dakar neighborhood of Medina and was a childhood friend of Youssou N'dour. He joined N'dour in the influential Star Band in 1974, leaving with him to form Etoile de Dakar in 1979 and Super Etoile in 1981. Over the years Faye has been a featured percussionist on recordings by Coumba Gawlo Seck, Omar Pene, Ismael Lô and many other notable Senegalese musicians. He founded his own group, Le Sing-Sing Rythme, in 1990, featuring a battery of sabar drums. 1995's Oupoukay (Xippi) was its second release:

Download Oupoukay as a zipped file here.

1996's Tink's Daye Bondé Biir Thiossane (Jololi) was recorded live in Youssou N'dour's Thiossane night club:

Mbaye Dieye Faye & le Sing-Sing Rythme - Tink's

Download Tink's Daye Bondé Biir Thiossane as a zipped file here.


Anonymous said...

nice!happy new year John.

oro said...

thank you a lot for these crazy tapes from this major artist.

pärlbesatt said...

Many many thanks! My daugthter used to play Ya Mustapha like twelve times in a row and dance, as a child, and has been asking me to get it for her (I lost the casette...). I asked Regis at Aduna, and he sent me here. I'm ever so grateful!!

pärlbesatt said...

I got stuck for hoooouuuurs here and have what we in swedish call a wooden taste in my butt... But it was surely worth it! :) Thanks again!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for you for your interesting blog!! Here I put a interesting music radio programa from Spain about African music:

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for the Faye! It's not exactly the start of a new year now, but the music is just as fine.

David said...

Dear John,

On October 15th, nine albums of never-before-heard West African music recorded in villages in rural Senegal will go on sale. Eight communities from five different ethnic groups recorded music ranging from traditional griot histories to Islamic chants to celebratory wedding songs. The proceeds from the sale of these recordings will be used by the communities to fund their local development efforts.

I would like to invite you to have an early listen to these recordings and hope that you might find something worth writing about in your Likembe blog. Please email me if you're interested and I'll send you a link to the music: david[at]

Thank you for your consideration and enjoy the music,

David Bleckley
Executive Director
Community Voice International