Sunday, January 4, 2009

M'balax music

M'balax ( balax, Mballax, Mbalakh, Ndaga, Ndagga) music began in the 1970's in The Gambia and Senegal as a fusion of popular Western music and dance such as jazz, soul, Latin (especially Cuban) and rock blended with sabar, the traditional polyrhythmic drumming and dance music of the area. Dancers used moves associated with the sabar rhythms. Some of the first to popularize this music were Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal Thione Seck and Omar Pene.
In this video you can see the sabar drums (hit with one hand and one stick) join today's instruments.

1 comment:

Jane said...

I love the latin beat....Hope -this is going to be an awesome experience.....