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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.
Meet Toussa, Senegal’s New Woman Rapper

Meet Toussa, Senegal’s New Woman R...

(Musical Clips, Photos, Lyrics) I first saw 18-year-old rapper Toussa perform in May 2009 at her high school end-of-the-year party in the dusty struggling Dakar suburb of Guediawaye, Senegal. I asked her how she would like to be introduced in this entry, her first public piece, and she gave me these words:
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