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SENEGAL – Alune Wade, king of bass

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Alune Wade has worked with artists from various backgrounds: the USA, France, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Morocco. His music is a crossover without borders, a bridge between the original and the present via jazz, this music that brings together continents with rhythms inspired by Afrobeat. His 4th album «African Fast Food», the result of a cuisine shared between friends where everyone knew how to bring his history, his identity and his culture. Named Marcus Miller, Alune Wade was at the French Institute on Saturday, April 6.

A dragonfly on stage
Alune Wade picked up the moon on this Dakar scene on Saturday 6 April 2019. It all starts late at night. In the light of this musical scene at the French Institute, the Senegalese jazzman offered what he knows best: music, in front of a room conquered by his musical cause. Enveloped by these voluptuous melodies emanating from his guitar strings, he is generous in his way of communicating with the room, even his headdress does not leave indifferent because with Alune everything is in style. We can read in his deeds and gestures that the artist wanted to give everything, to give everything to this faithful audience. The evening was at its peak. This rhythmic lyrical show between his fingers and the sounds of his guitar. In a tranquil but volcanic force, Alune invites to an endless journey in his galloping melodies of “Sol”, “Fa”, “Ré” and a “Do” who still casually seeks in these airs to marry his musical companions. Alune is the king! On this Dakar scene “he was really the king”!

He walks with the big names of international music
Alune Wade has worked with great singers and musicians of this world to perfect these unique gestures. He stared at Touré Kunda, Deep Forest, Sheikh Tidiane Seck, Salif Keita, Marcus Miller or Harold Lopez Mussa, Oxmo Puccinodes, encounters and musical experiences that have added or adjusted his passion for music and refine the precision of his gestures on the threads of his guitar that is body with him-even on this night stage and which is already vibrating in the far corners of Dakar by night.

Alune Wade artist, musician jazzman.

A musical family
Bassist, author, composer, performer and producer, Alune Wade actually fell into music when he was a baby. At the age of six, he learned early from his father, a colonel in the Senegalese army, and a former symphonic conductor of Armed Forces music, trained at the Conservatoire de Paris between 1960 and 1970. His dad teaches him music theory, bass, piano and guitar. Then his mother writes his score, the musical tastes of his matrix on the mbalax rhythms and mandingo sonorities all sprinkled by the flows of the French variety rub off on him. From Mother Alune draws her source a second time and defines her musical imprint to make an explosive cocktail.

Exceptional meetings
At 18, Alune Wade plays with Ismaëla Lô, he will stay with this mentor for eight good years. Nicknamed Marcus Miller or “Boy Marcus”, he knows a consecration in 2015: he records with his youth idol, Marcus Miller himself his album “Afrodeezia”. With pianist Harold Lopez, he also released an album “Nussa”. His production is inspired by various musical genres including jazz, rap, afrobeat, folk. Finally, he plays with Youssou Ndour, Fatoumata Diawara, Blick Bassy, Naïssam Jalal…

The albums
After “Mbolo” in 2006, “Ayo Néné” in 2011, “African Fast Food” in 2018 is the artist’s third solo album, “Dakar-Havana-Dakar”. ” African Fast Food means “African Fast Food”; Mbolo means “Union en wolof”. Another of his songs “How Many Miles” in tribute to the American trumpeter Miles Davis. Other titles such as “Mali Dén” are devoted to the problems of insecurity that Mali has been facing since 2014.

Alune Wade artist, musician, jazzman.

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SENEGAL – Fatimata Diallo BA: The Glow of the Feather Winner

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Fatimata Diallo BA

Fatimata Diallo BA, a French-Senegalese writer, recently made her mark on literary minds by winning the prestigious Cénacle Prize for Young Writers of Senegal in 2023 with her poignant novel «Rouges Silences».

Originally from Dakar, Fatimata grew up in a rich cultural atmosphere, and her academic background led her to the university benches in Poitiers and Paris, where she studied Classics. This Franco-Senegalese acquired a unique perspective, merging the literary influences of the two cultures that shaped her.

With seventeen years of experience teaching in the suburbs of Paris, Fatimata Diallo BA decided to return to Senegal, where she currently works as a teacher of French and Latin at the prestigious Jean Mermoz French High School in Dakar. Her dedication to education and the transmission of knowledge is reflected in her active commitment to her students.

«Rouges Silences», his award-winning work, is a testament to Fatimata’s literary sensibility. The novel, on deep and universal themes, captivated the jury of the Cénacle Young Writers Prize, attesting to the author’s exceptional talent.

In addition to her literary success, Fatimata Diallo BA is also known for her dynamic involvement in various literary meetings and fairs. Her love for sharing literature and promoting dialogue around the book is evident in her active participation in these events.

With «Rouges Silences», Fatimata Diallo BA asserts herself as an emerging voice that deserves attention and recognition in the contemporary literary landscape. Her commitment to education and her talent as a writer promise a promising future, making her an inspiring figure for future generations of writers in Senegal and beyond.

Source: Senegal Njaay

Fatimata Diallo BA
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SENEGAL – Exclusive interview with Yussu Dumbia a.k.a Y.DEE

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W.DEE

As part of the 9th edition of the Galsen Hip-Hop Awards, the Ze-Africanews team met Y.DEE the initiator of this cultural project.

Y.DEE lives between Senegal and the United States, he returns every year for this program in the city of Dakar. Host, columnist and rapper, he told us about his career, his impressions at the end of the 9th edition of the Galsen Hip Hop Awards edition 2023. During this edition the 50 years of Hip Hop were celebrated.

The African continent was represented at this edition. The older generation was honoured as forerunners and elders in the field.

Rwanda was the sponsor of this edition.

The full interview is available here:

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CULTURE-LIVRE – Journalist Madiambal Diagne publishes a book on the history of Adji Sarr and Ousmane Sonko

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The head of the press group Avenir Communication, which claims on all rooftops its proximity with President Macky Sall, announced this Friday, July 21, 2023 the release of its «investigation book» on the story that led Ousmane Sonko and the young masseuse Adji Sarr before the Criminal Chamber of Dakar on 23 May.

I am announcing the release of my investigation into the Adji Sarr – Ousmane Sonko case. The book “Ousmane Sonko – Adji Sarr: History”, will be sold on Monday, July 24 everywhere. The preface is by Hamidou Anne. I am published by Daily Editions,” he wrote on Twitter.

It should be noted that Hamidou Anne who prefaced this book is also one of the most virulent detractor of the Senegalese opponent. His columns are published on the website and the newspaper of the press group held by Madiambal Diagne, author of the book published by his own publishing house.

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