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Lamont School of Music

Senegalese Drum and Dance Ensemble

Lamont Opera Theatre

The DU Senegalese Ensemble practices sabar, the predominant form of drumming and dancing for the Wolof people of Senegal. Sabar drums are played with one hand and one stick. Performances include through-composed phrases known as bàkks, and short repeated phrases that fit together to form complex rythmes over which the ensemble leader solos. Dance is an essential counterpart to drumming and ensemble members learn basic dance moves, some choreographed sequences to accompany bàkks, and songs in the Wolof language.

The ensemble is led by Vieux Touré. Originally from Kaolack, a city known for its excellent sabar drummers, Vieux comes from a griot hereditary family of musicians and has been drumming and dancing since the time of his earliest childhood memories. A percussionist with the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe, one of Senegal's most renowned families of drummers, Vieux has performed with top Senegalese musicians and has taught American students from MIT, Boston University and the University of Denver.

The group meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-1:50pm. This ensemble can be taken for multiple quarters.

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