During the month of April the members of the Sing Sing family – Moustapha, Nogaye and Malick – have extended the reach of their residency at Suffolk University into the dance community of Boston and Cambridge. Offering instruction at Originations Dance Studio in Roxbury and the Green Street Studios in Cambridge Moustapha, Nogaye and Malick were able to meet people, of all ages, who are interested in the sabar tradition.

Moustapha giving instruction at drum class.

Moustapha giving instruction at drum class at Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA.

 

Moustapha giving instruction at drum class.

Moustapha giving instruction at drum class at Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA.

Nogaye teaching dance class.

Nogaye teaching dance class at the Green Street Dance Studios, Cambridge, MA.

Yamagor Paa Seck dances in class.

Yamagor Paa Seck dances in class at the Green Street Dance Studios, Cambridge, MA.

Nogaye teaching dance class at Originations.

Nogaye teaching dance class at Originations Dance Studio, Roxbury, MA.

Nogaye teaching dance class at Originations Dance Studio, Roxbury, MA.

Nogaye teaching dance class at Originations Dance Studio, Roxbury, MA.

 

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The 2012 Residency of the Sing Sing family at Suffolk University has been a big success. Through teaching the Sabar dance class, instructing workshops in drum and dance, and giving performances Moustpha, Nogaye and Malick have had direct interaction with more than 100 students at the university. It was a wonderful, mutual, cultural exchange that neither the students nor the members of the Sing Sing family wanted to end. The following photos will give some sense of the residency.

Nogaye teaching SUffolk University students.

Nogaye teaching SUffolk University students at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Nogaye teaching SUffolk University students.

Nogaye teaching SUffolk University students at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Nogaye teaching Suffolk University students

Nogaye teaching Suffolk University students at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Nogaye warming up Suffolk University students with help from Malick.

Nogaye warming up Suffolk University students with help from Malick. at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Suffolk University students in Sabar Dance class.

Suffolk University students in Sabar Dance class at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Moustapha plays at the sabar dance class.

Moustapha plays at the sabar dance class at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Nogaye instructing a student.

Nogaye instructing a student at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Nogaye plays drums at the sabar dance class.

Nogaye plays drums at the sabar dance class at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Malick teaching a dance move to the sabar dance class.

Malick teaching a dance move to the sabar dance class at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Students in the sabar dance class.

Students in the sabar dance class at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Students in the sabar dance class.

Students in the sabar dance class at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio.

Nogaye teaching sabar dance workshop.

Nogaye teaching sabar dance workshop in the Studio Theater at Suffolk University.

Nogaye teaching sabar dance workshop.

Nogaye teaching sabar dance workshop in the Studio Theater at Suffolk University.

Student at sabar dance workshop.

Student at sabar dance workshop in the Studio Theater at Suffolk University.

Students enjoying the sabar dance workshop.

Students enjoying the sabar dance workshop at the Studio Theater, Suffolk University.

Moustapha instructing students in sabar drumming.

Moustapha instructing students in sabar drumming in the Donahue Building, Suffolk University.

Participant in sabar drum workshop.

Participant in sabar drum workshop in the Donahue Building, Suffolk University.

Participant in sabar drum workshop.

Participant in sabar drum workshop in the Studio Theater, Suffolk University.

Participant in sabar drum workshop.

Participant in sabar drum workshop in the Studio Theater, Suffolk University.

Moustapha teaching sabar drum at Suffolk University workshop.

Moustapha teaching sabar drum at Suffolk University workshop in the Studio Theater.

 

Sing Sing Residency 2012

April 27, 2012

Members of the Sing Sing family – Moustapha Faye, Nogaye Ngom and Malick Ngom – have returned to Boston for the month of April 2012. They have been here as Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artists in Residence for the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University; they have also been representatives of the Géwël Tradition Project.

In addition to teaching their annual class – BLKST 263/THETR 263 – Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal – they have also given workshops in drum and dance which allowed a large number of students to experience the joy of sabar. They have also visited the class of long time friend of the Faye family, Ken Marin, where they learned about photography and posed for students who are learning about portrait photography.

Through the Géwël Tradition Project they have been able to do outreach into the larger Boston community by offering drum and dance workshops and presentations in Cambridge, Roxbury, Brockton and the South End. They have also managed to go to New York City to share the tradition and visit family and friends.

Following are some pictures from the residency.

Moustapha Faye teaching a drum class.

Moustapha Faye teaching a drum class at Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA. April 14, 2012.

 

Nogaye Ngom teaching dance class.

Nogaye Ngom teaching dance class at Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA. April 14, 2012.

 

In the dance class.
Nogaye Ngom dancing at the Green Street Studios.

Nogaye Ngom dancing at the Green Street Studios, April 14, 2012.

 

Final Class and Concert

April 24, 2012

Nogaye Ngom teaching at Babacar Mbaye's class in New York.

Nogaye Ngom teaching at Babacar Mbaye's class in New York.

Greetings All!

I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who has come out to support the Géwël Tradition Project by taking classes and sharing themselves with Moustapha, Nogaye and Malick.

If you have come out to classes you understand what a special opportunity their residency has afforded those of you who love sabar dance and drum, as well as those of you who have an interest in the culture of Senegal specifically or the continent of Africa in general.

First of all they are bringing energy directly from Senegal. They are each an essential part of the cultural life of Dakar, Senegal and before arriving in the U.S. they have been playing and dancing for both social and traditional events in Senegal.

Secondly , and most importantly, Nogaye, who is a star performer in Senegal, provided the rare opportunity to have class with a woman dancer from a Géwël family. During this month Nogaye is the only female member of the Sing sing family (or other Géwël families) teaching sabar in the US. She will be teaching her last class of this residency on Wednesday, April 25. I hope to see some of you there. Again thank you for al of your support.

Sipho

Remaining Class and Concrt information.

*Wednesday, April 25 – Sabar Dance Class with Nogaye Ngom (5:30-7:30)

Originations Studio, 11 Walnut Park, Roxbury, MA (near Egleston)

Saturday, April 28 – The Sing Sing Tradition Concert Presentation (7:00-9:30)

C. Walsh Theater, 55 Temple Street, Boston, MA

For (free) tickets to the concert:

https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=20d1c3be3561d385b8336fef6a418b14&t=tix 

This video is from a community dance class taught by Nogaye Ngom at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA on April 14, 2012. Nogaye said the bakk that she was teaching was one that was “very important to her” because she and her brother Malick Ngom (heard singing the rhythm in the first part of the video) created it for a dance competition in Senegal. Nogaye won the competition and after winning the competition this bakk was danced by dancers all over Senegal.