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...Often described as one of the most popular singers in Africa, Youssou N’Dour played an important role in the popularization and secularization of Senegalese music in the late twentieth century. Born in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, in 1959...

Afro-Cuban Music in Senegal

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Afro-Cuban music has served as one of the foundations of numerous African popular musics. However, its impact has proved most pervasive and enduring in the West African nation of Senegal. In the 1990s some Senegalese began to call...

Baaba Maal

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...One of the most popular twenty-first-century Senegalese musicians, Baaba Maal brought the music of the Pulaar people to the international stage in the 2018 film Black Panther. Born in 1953 in what was then French West Africa, Maal...

Dakar

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 2,613,700 (2004) Dakar, Senegal’s capital and its largest city, is situated on the Cape Vert peninsula on the westernmost tip of the country. Along the Atlantic coastline, Dakar has numerous docks...

Hip-Hop in Senegal

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Since the early 1980s Senegalese youth have embraced hip-hop as a global cultural import and as a local cultural practice, refashioning it to their own realities through musical production, sartorial practices, entrepreneurship, political...

Mbalax

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Mbalax (pronounced ‘mm-bah-lakh’) is a distinctive ‘Senegambian’ (Senegalese and Gambian) genre of percussion-based dance music that arose shortly after Senegal gained independence from France in 1960. Named after a rhythm played...

Yéla

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Yéla forms an important aspect of the artistic heritage associated with the Haal Pulaar (also known as the Fulbe, Fulani or Tukulor), an ethnic group of Senegal and Mauritania with related groups in neighboring countries. Through poetry...

Yenyengo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Yenyengo is a West African popular musical genre centered on the kora, a bridge harp or harp-lute played by Mande griots. With a repertoire of songs based on traditional tunes used by griots for the accompaniment of epics and praise songs...
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...Formed at the Baobab Club in Dakar, Senegal, Orchestre Baobab became one of the preeminent dance bands in West Africa during the 1970s. When the club opened in 1970, six members of the Star Band, the house band from the rival Miami Club...

Pachanga

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The pachanga is a fast-paced Cuban dance music that first appeared in 1959 and soon after rode a brief wave of popularity in the dance halls of New York City’s Latin music scene. The pachanga was principally performed by charanga...