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Documenting Senegalese Pop Star Oumou Sow

Documenting Senegalese Pop Star Oumou So...

I spent the day yesterday with mblalax (Senegalese pop)-rapper and stage dancer Oumou Sow and her group of male and female dancers, Les Amazones. I thought this would be a great opportunity to both share some of the great photos from my fieldwork with Oumou (many of which are from yesterday's spectacle) and to show you what my exuberant fieldnotes look like after a day's work in the field.
Rhythming Oscar Grant: Oakland Hip-Hop

Rhythming Oscar Grant: Oakland Hip-Hop

Today’s electronica composers, R’n’B soundscapers and skilled/schooled hip-hop practitioners do their best to publicize and trick back on the ruptures in Oakland-of-color’s access to employment, public services and fair housing. They gloss these jagged edges with sound and community, dance and movement, and they overflow the emaciated social structure with musical life
Rare Vinyl Finds: Mali’s Mory Kante (audio)

Rare Vinyl Finds: Mali’s Mory Kant...

I'm record shopping in Dakar now, and brought a portable usb record player to rip tracks from the rare vinyl I'm digging up. This is Malian disco by Mory Kante, a big hit in the early '80s. Enjoy!
Listen to Yaay Fall Senegalese Sufi Praise Song (audio)

Listen to Yaay Fall Senegalese Sufi Prai...

A field recording from my ethnographic work with a group of young Baay Fall Sufi Muslims in Dakar's outer suburb of Guediawaye, Senegal. This longer recording features the singing of praise singer Binta Sarr Diop, a woman devotee (or Yaay Fall) of Cheikh Ibrahima Fall.
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