July 18, 2007

Founded in 2004 by Moustapha Faye and Isma Aw Sing Sing Juniors is a vehicle for the young generation of the Faye family to present the music and dance traditions of the géwël. As géwëls they are what ethnomusicologist Patricia Tang calls “Masters of the Sabar” who “are able to transform and transcend the word.” (Tang, Masters of the Sabar, 56). The members of Sing Sing Juniors make wonderful use of the sabar drum and its rhythms as they maintain and build upon the tradition they have inherited.  Having honed their skills in both social and ceremonial events the members of Sing Sing Juniors are the embodiment of the sabar drum and dance tradition and  through their infectious rhythms and gravity defying dances bring the tradition of sabar, the heartbeat of Senegal, to life.

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