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1. Senegal – Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa. Senegal is bordered by Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast, and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest. Senegal also borders The Gambia, a country occupying a narrow sliver of land along the banks of the Gambia River, Senegal also shares a maritime border with Cape Verde. Senegals economic and political capital is Dakar and it is the westernmost country in the mainland of the Old World, or Afro-Eurasia, and owes its name to the Senegal River, which borders it to the east and north. The name Senegal comes from the Wolof Sunuu Gaal, which means Our Boat, Senegal covers a land area of almost 197,000 square kilometres and has an estimated population of about 15 million. The climate is Sahelian, but there is a rainy season, the territory of modern Senegal has been inhabited by various ethnic groups since prehistory. Organized kingdoms emerged around the century, and parts of the country were ruled by prominent regional empires such as the Jolof Empire. The present state of Senegal has its roots in European colonialism, which began during the mid-15th century, the establishment of coastal trading posts gradually led to control of the mainland, culminating in French rule of the area by the 19th century, albeit amid much local resistance. Senegal peacefully attained independence from France in 1960, and has since been among the politically stable countries in Africa. Senegals economy is centered mostly on commodities and natural resources, major industries are fish processing, phosphate mining, fertilizer production, petroleum refining, construction materials, and ship construction and repair. As in most African nations, agriculture is a sector, with Senegal producing several important cash crops, including peanuts, sugarcane, cotton, green beans, tomatoes, melons. Owing to its stability, tourism and hospitality are also burgeoning sectors. A multiethnic and secular nation, Senegal is predominantly Sunni Muslim with Sufi, French is the official language, although many native languages are spoken and recognized. Since April 2012 Senegals president has been Macky Sall, Senegal has been a member of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie since 1970. Senegal is named after the Senegal River, the etymology of which is contested, one popular theory is that it stems from the Wolof phrase sunu gaal, which means our canoe, resulting from a miscommunication between 15th-century Portuguese sailors and Wolof fishermen. The our canoe theory has been embraced in modern Senegal for its charm. It is frequently used in appeals to national solidarity, frequently heard in the media, modern historians believe the name probably refers to the Sanhaja, Berbers who lived on the northern side of the river. A competing theory is that it derives from the town of Sanghana
2. Guitarist – A guitarist is a person who plays the guitar. Guitarists may play a variety of guitar family instruments such as guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars. Some guitarists accompany themselves on the guitar by singing or playing the harmonica, the correctness of techniques that a guitarist acquires depends on the quality of training. Learning how to play correctly is crucial for any guitarist no matter which guitar he/she plays, the guitarist may also employ various methods for selecting notes and chords, including fingering, thumbing, the barre, and bottleneck or steel-guitar slides, usually made of glass or metal. These left- and right-hand techniques may be intermixed in performance, while music is an art form in itself, playing an instrument such as the guitar has long been a popular subject for painters. Despite perceived tendencies in mainstream music diffusion, to Rock music and electric guitar, notable guitarists arrived from other genres, Rolling Stone In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine published a list called The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. This list included 100 guitarists whom the magazine editor David Fricke considered the best, the first in this list is the American guitarist Jimi Hendrix introduced by Pete Townshend, guitarist for The Who, who was, in his turn, ranked at #50 in the list. Artists who had not been included in the previous list were added, rory Gallagher, for example, was ranked in 57th place. The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time is mentioned in many biographies about artists who appear in the list, despite the appearance in other magazines like Billboard, this publication by Guitar World was criticized for including no female musicians within its selection. However, Guitar World recently published a list of Eight Amazing Female Acoustic Players, including Kaki King, TIME and others Following the death of Les Paul, TIME website presented their list of 10 greatest artists in electric guitar. As in Rolling Stone magazines list, Jimi Hendrix was chosen as the greatest guitarist followed by Slash from Guns N Roses, B. B. King, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. Gigwise. com, a music magazine, also ranks Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitarist ever, followed by Jimmy Page, B. B. King, Keith Richards. There are many classical guitarists listed as notable in their respective epochs, media related to Guitarists at Wikimedia Commons
3. Baaba Maal – Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. He is well known in Africa and internationally is one of Senegals most famous musicians, in addition to acoustic guitar, he also plays percussion. He has released albums, both for independent and major labels. In July 2003, he was made a UNDP Youth Emissary, Baaba Maal was expected to follow his father and become a fisherman. However, under the influence of his friend and family gawlo, blind guitarist Mansour Seck, Baaba devoted himself to learning music from his mother. He went on to music at the university in Dakar before leaving for postgraduate studies on a scholarship at Beaux-Arts in Paris. After returning from study in Paris, Baaba studied traditional music with Mansour Seck and his fusion tendencies continued on 1998s Nomad Soul, which featured Brian Eno as one of seven producers. In addition to his various releases, he was featured on two tracks, Bushes and Dunya Salam, on the concept album 1 Giant Leap. On 7 July 2007, Baaba performed at the Live Earth concert, Baaba Maals album On the Road, a live acoustic album recorded straight from the mixing boards of his shows over a ten-year period, was released on 10 August 2008. A new studio album, Television, was released on 1 June 2009 and he is featured on two tracks Hunger and Still on the Black Hawk Down soundtrack and performed on the title track of the 2008 video game Far Cry 2. He played at Bonnaroo and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2010 and he is featured on a track on the Get Cape. Fly album All of This Yours, Baaba Maal sang the track for Kerala Tourisms 2010 ad campaign Your moment is waiting with music composed by One Giant Leap. On 4 May 2013, Baaba Maal also performed at the 2013 edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, in 2014, he contributed to the BBC Musics remake of The Beach Boys song God Only Knows. Baaba Maals 11th studio album, The Traveller, recorded with Johan Hugo from The Very Best and Winston Marshall, was released via Palm, the lead singles, Fulani Rock and Gilli Men, received critical acclaim. The Traveller was released 15 January 2016, and was accompanied by a UK tour, Baaba Maal is accompanying Mumford & Sons on their Gentlemen of the Road tour around South Africa. He also released a new song with Mumford & Sons called There Will Be Time, in 1998 he was honoured with a Prince Claus Award from the Prince Claus Fund, based in Amsterdam
4. Music of Senegal – Senegals music is best known abroad due to the popularity of mbalax, a development of Serer sabar drumming popularized by Youssou NDour. During the colonial ages Senegal was colonized by France and many, though not all, post-independence, the philosophy of negritude arose, which espoused the idea that the griot traditions of Senegal were as valid, classical and meaningful as French classical music. The first President of Senegal, Léopold Sédar Senghor was one of the exponents of this. The national anthem of Senegal, Pincez tous vos koras, frappez les balafons, was adopted in 1960 and its lyrics, by president Senghor, refer to the Malian music tradition, while its music was composed by Herbert Pepper. Mbalax, derives its from accompanying rhythms used in music of the Serer people of the Kingdom of Sine. The Nder, Sabar, and Tama percussion section traces some of its technique to the music of Njuup. The Serer people infuse their everyday language with complex overlapping cadences and their ritual with intense collaborative layerings of voice, the Njuup was also the progenitor of Tassu, used when chanting ancient religious verses. The griots of Senegambia still use it at marriages, naming ceremonies or when singing the praises of patrons, most Senegalese and Gambian artists use it in their songs. Each motif has a purpose and is used for different occasions, individual motifs may represent the history and genealogy of a particular family and are used during weddings, naming ceremonies, funerals etc. Senegalese popular music can be traced back to the 1960s, when nightclubs hosted dance bands that played Western music, ibra Kasses Star Band was the most famous orchestre. After beginning by playing American, Cuban and French songs, Star Band gradually added more elements, including the talking tama drum. Star Band disintegrated into numerous groups, with Pape Secks Number One du Senegal being the best known of the wave of bands. The south of Senegal, called Casamance, has a strong Mandinka minority, the band Touré Kunda was the most popular group to arise from this scene, and they soon began playing large concerts across the world. Faye and NDour were Senegals first pop stars, but the stress of fame soon drove the band apart, faye and guitarist Badou Ndiaye formed Étoile 2000, releasing a hit with Boubou NGary, but soon disappearing from the pop scene. NDour, however, went on to form Super Étoile de Dakar and he was soon by far the most popular performer in the country, and perhaps in all of West Africa. He introduced more elements to his Senegalized Cuban music, including traditional rapping, njuup, bakou music. While NDour Africanized Cuban music, another band, Xalam, was doing the same with American funk. They formed in 1970, led then by drummer Prosper Niang, but their lyrics and unfamiliar jazz sound led to a lack of popularity
5. Mamadou Diop (musician) – Mamadou Diop, also known as Modou Diop, is a Senegalese performing artist, now living in the United States. Through his music, he has traveled the world, finally settling in New England just north of Boston, during his musical career in Senegal, Mamadou contributed his talents to support many other professional musicians, both seasoned and well-known artists and up-and-coming artists alike. It was not until he arrived in the United States that he formed his own band of musicians, formed in 1998, the group was known as Mamadou Diop and the Jolole Band. In 2000, the ensemble simplified their name to MAMADOU, Mamadou performs regularly with the band MAMADOU, showcasing his unique brand of dance music. In November 2011, Mamadou Diop was awarded the Boston Music Award as International Artist of the Year, MAMADOU. com photo gallery with notable performing artists Thione Seck album - Daaly MAMADOU web site A3D, Inc. web site
6. Jimi Mbaye – Mamadou Jimi Mbaye is a Senegalese guitarist best known for his work with Youssou Ndour. Mbaye has developed a unique Senegalese guitar style in which he makes his Fender Stratocaster sound like local instruments such as the kora or xalam, Mbaye is different from other guitarists because of his unique style. Youssou Ndour said No one, no one plays guitar like Jimi Mbaye, Mbaye succeeded in transposing the African traditional sounds of khalam and kora onto his electric Fender Stratocaster. Carlos Santana and Mbaye met during a tour in Los Angeles where Carlos acknowledged that, Jimi is a very special, Jimi has also proven to be a good singer, very melodic, a true harmonicist. Mbaye has released three albums, Dakar Heart, Yaye Digalma and Khare Dounya. The latter was recorded in Jimis new studio Studio Dogo, in which he produces other artists, at ten years old Mbaye built his first guitar out of fishing line and gasoline cans. At twenty hed scraped up enough money to buy a secondhand Fender Stratocaster, Mbaye was just as determined to get a guitar as he was to make it in the competitive Dakar music scene. Early on he met Youssou NDour and together they became rising stars on Senegals club scene and they created the Super Etoile band together in 1979 and have been musically inseparable for all these years. Mbaye recorded six top-selling major-label albums with NDour before taking a leave of absence to record his own album, released in 1997. Recorded at NDours Studio Xippi, Dakar Heart features NDours band Super Etoile, Mbaye is back at NDours side and is very much an integral part of Youssous Super Etoile band these days. A member of Youssou NDours Super Etoile Band since 1979, Mbaye is one of Senegals most influential guitarists, often compared to Jimi Hendrix and Robert Johnson, Mbaye has forged a unique blend of traditional Senegalese roots music and American pop and R&B. Recording a solo album, Dakar Heart, with help from Super Etoile Band musicians in 1997, Mbaye showcased his inventive, kora-derived guitar playing and singing in Wolof, English, and French. Billboard called him a prodigious talent, while Rhythm referred to him as one of Senegals most exciting musicians. Music has played a role in Mbayes life. As a youngster, he performed on an instrument made from discarded garbage cans. By the age of 20, he had graduated to a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, Mbaye continues to be the backbone of NDours band. In addition to co-writing the 1994 single Mame Bamba, he has valuable contributions to six NDour recordings. Mbaye and NDour have increasingly performed as a duo, in 1998, they opened the show for Brazilian guitarist Gilberto Gil at the Olympic Theater in Paris