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N'Diaye Rose Doudou

Musicians or bands:

Ballets Nationaux du Sénégal, Joséphine Baker, Maurice Béjart, Bagad de Kimper, Alan Stivell, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, les Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Kodo

Biography and commentary:

Born in Dakar, Senegal in 1928, Doudou N'Diaye Rose is the drum leader of the National Ballets of Senegal, a teacher and a griot of a traditional Senegalese percussion band (sabar, Wolofe culture), played one hand with a stick, and the other with the fingers (a little like the Brazilian Repinique). An alternative to the West African percussion style the most “in vogue”, Mandingo percussion (djembe, dunun, etc.), which the sophistication is mainly present in the breaks (like in batucada) and offers anyway unique playing techniques. That is why I deplore the lack of scores or educational video for this style really to enter really into the world culture and becomes better known, as it is already a lot the case for Mandingo percussion (Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso). Doudou, great ambassador of African culture in Europe is also a pioneer in the mixing with a Breton bagad, Alan Stivell, a band of traditional Japanese percussions (Kodo) and many others. His son took up the torch and recorded in a quartet with Luis Conte, Bill Bruford and Chad Wakerman (World drummers ensemble, "A COAT OF MANY COLORS" (2006) CD / DVD).

Marc De Douvan, publication in French: November 22, 2006 (for the translation in English: July 12, 2015)

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