Ndaga (mbalax)

Sabar drumming, talking drum, bass, guitar and maybe a synth thrown in. It’s called ndaga in Gambia and mbalax in Senegal. Powerful music that speaks to my heart, soul and body. I love walking around in my family’s neighbourhood in Serre Kunda, Gambia, and hearing and feeling the sabar rhythms blasting out from loud speakers. Sometimes blending with the call for prayer from a minaret. Then I feel at home.

Jeri-Jeri is a collaboration between musicians from Senegal and Gambia and Berlin based producer Mark Ernestus. This year they released 800 % Ndagga and the instrumental Ndagga Versions. Two great albums of dense poly-rhythms.

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