Senegal

Bamako to Dakar: a Tidy 35 Hours on the Okra Sauce Bus

by phil July 27, 2011 Mali
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Four hours into a 35 hour bus ride and the sky dropped an ocean on western Mali. Rivulets formed in an instant and brown water submerged a police checkpoint, normally a hub of commerce but temporarily abandoned because of the storm. My seatmate moved to the stairwell, a seat I am familiar with, when the […]

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40 Hours: Dakar to Bamako During the Hot Season

by phil May 16, 2011 Mali
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This post has 7 parts: Senegal? The Bus The Passengers Hot Season is Hot The Bad The Good The Cutest Girl in the World Senegal? I arrived in Dakar last Monday. I stayed until Wednesday night. Depending on what happens in Mali, I may spend more time in Senegal on the return trip. My first […]

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Music in West Africa: Senegal Part II

by phil April 27, 2011 Music
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Previously, Mali: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV. Senegal: Part I More jams from Senegal. Some really good ones in fact. Nothing groundbreaking in rhythm, instrumentation or arrangement, but vocal abilities bordering on inhuman. Before I get into it, a quick stop in Ghana for Okyeame Kwame’s latest hiplife tune: “faithful” The […]

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Music in West Africa: Senegal Part I

by phil March 16, 2011 Music
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Previously, I covered Malian music: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV. In April, I will visit Senegal for the first time. While it will be my first trip there, I have long been familiar, and occasionally obsessed with, Senegalese music. The dominant genre in Senegal is Mbalax, a blend of traditional polyrhythms […]

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