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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.
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.
Waking up in the Field

Waking up in the Field

There's this kind of magical moment that arises at the seam of my everyday life in graduate school and the start of a new phase of fieldwork. I can hear everything.
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