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Sing Sing Juniors

by Sing Sing Juniors

The newest generation of the famous Sing Sing family in Senegal, Sing Sing Juniors is the modern sound of the sabar drum tradition of West Africa.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ya Nu Moom
5:57 $0.99
2. Bakk Yini Burrit
5:49 $0.99
3. Ngewel Gii
3:29 $0.99
4. Thie Qui Ne Quine
5:11 $0.99
5. Ceebu Jen
5:29 $0.99
6. Baar Mbaye Ngewel
5:16 $0.99
7. Sing Sing Faye
5:55 $0.99
8. Ndougou Group Bii
7:59 $0.99
9. Teubel/Ardin
6:22 $0.99
10. Barr Mbaye
4:50 $0.99
11. Kaolack
6:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Sing Sing Juniors was started in 2004 under the direction of Moustapha Faye, Doudou Faye and Isma Aw to be a popular manifestation of the sabar drum tradition. Sing Sing Juniors is made up of the younger members of the Faye family, also known as Sing Sing Rhythm.

As members of the Faye family, each person in the group is also gëwél, or griot, whose role is essential to all of the important life events – birth, naming, initiation, marriage, and death.

Along with the history and cultural traditions, gëwéls are also keepers of music traditions. Today many gëwéls perform in popular music bands all over Senegal and throughout the world.

In Dakar, Sing Sing Juniors continues to play in all of the traditional settings: baptisms, weddings, healing ceremonies, wrestling matches, community celebrations and soirees Senegalese. The group also performs at festivals and some members play with local bands.



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John Book, Music For America

Rhythm is the heartbeat that provides life, the Sing Sing Juniors show us why
From Senegal comes a great group of drummers and singers called Sing Sing Juniors, who play traditional music in the sabar drum tradition. Most of the musicians in the group are related, and each one is considered a gëwél, or griot. They are people who hold to the traditions, and those of us outside of Senegal are very appreciative of being able to hear these traditions on their self-titled CD.

I'm a huge fan of drum and percussion albums, so hearing this was a treat. The rhythms on each of the tracks are fantastic, and anyone who has ever wanted to hear how Brazilian rhythms achieved their African influence can find a few hints on this CD. While those unfamiliar to percussion albums, especially cultural/ethnic ones, may hear nothing but beats, each piece has a specific reason, whether it's a prayer, to honor family, or to welcome a celebration.

There's absolutely no Western influence, so no remixes, no electronic treatment, no special appearances from Bill Laswell or Wyclef, what you hear is music from the continent that is the origin of the world as we know it. The liner notes claim that this is their debut CD, but all of them are very professional, showing how years of playing have made them a group of musicians who can play this without thought. Rhythm is the heartbeat that provides life, and the Sing Sing Juniors show us why.