Hi Blogworld! Sorry for the absence, I hope to be more dedicated in my updating fromhereonout.
It’s a great opportunity to blog because it is RAINING at this moment! It also happens to be the last day of Ramadan, and you know what that means – Party tomorrow KORITE! Updates and pictures to come.
Until then, I want to talk about Senegalese tunes and moves.
Senegalese people LOVE dancing, Different ethnic groups have their own styles, but the arena is a drum circle Sabaar that can last until the wee hours of the morning. (Don’t forget to pack your earplugs). I remember the third or fourth day I was in Senegal, we had a drum circle at the training center. At first, I thought people were tricking us. Is that really dancing here!? I asked myself. Once I realized arm-flailing was no joke, I quickly fell in love. Here’s a decent example I found on Youtube, though our Sabaars in Kebemer are more of the sand-floor, basic tent or open sky variety.
Traditional Senegalese drumming married Western pop melodies somewhere along the way and begat Mbalax, a glorious, glorious genre. Here are some of the most popular artists and some of the songs I most frequently hear playing from people’s cell phones, radios, music video TV channels, party speakers, and so on.
Papa Ndiaye Guewel in Ratale – more traditional, less pop
And then, no blogpost about Senegalese music would be complete without a shout out to P Square and Akon (Senegalese!) and Shakira. In my 10 months here, I have heard these songs more than I’ve ever heard anything, I do believe. Oh, and Rihanna. Just Rihanna.