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Dakar to Barcelona: Sista Njaaya’s Cosmopolitan Senegal

Dakar to Barcelona: Sista Njaaya’s...

Live concert footage/field recording/photos: Part of the fun of my fieldwork with emerging musicians is witnessing their breakthrough moments onstage, in the studio and in their personal lives. In late September 2010, I traveled to Barcelona, Spain with Senegalese neo-soul/reggae/Afro-Cosmopolitan musical artist Njaaya,who performed her first major international concert to major accolades.
Sufi Movement, Light, Voice at a Senegalese Baay Fall Dahira

Sufi Movement, Light, Voice at a Senegal...

(Field Recording, Photos) The outer workers' and artisinal suburbs of Dakar, Senegal (Banlieue) flicker with firelights each Thursday nights, waving in the Sufi sacred night's shifting air. Standing one one unpaved, lamplit crossroads atop a pile of Senegal's famous fine Sahel dust, one can hear what seems to be an infinite trail of tumbling drums and echoing voices arising from the celebration of Baay Fall (Sufi) praise groups called dahiras.
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