This i a video of the dance class that Nogaye Ngom taught to the students who were enrolled in the class Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal atSsuffolk University during the month of April 2012. Nogaye created choreography to a bakk that was played by her uncle Moustapha Faye and brother Malick Ngom. The choreography/bakk while based on traditional sabar dance movements also incorporated some of the most recent popular dances in Senegal such as yousa representing the fact that sabar is a living art form that is both traditional and modern at the same time.

Stay tuned for more videos soon.

On Sunday, April 29 Moustapha, Nogaye and Malick, along with Pape Faye, played a sabar party at Teranga Restaurant in Boston’s South End. There were quite a few people who came for the party and quite a few who came for the food and had the extra benefit of the party. At any rate, bringing sabar drums to a Senegalese restaurant was a natural combination that added the a fitting ambiance.

Nogaye and Malick relax before the party.

Nogaye and Malick relax before the party.

Moustapha plays outside of Teranga.

Moustapha plays outside of Teranga.

Mloustapha and Pape Faye play outside of Teranga.

Mloustapha and Pape Faye play outside of Teranga.

Sarah joins the drummers.

Sarah joins the drummers.

Playing at Teranga.

Playing at Teranga.

Marie-Claude, owner of Teranga Restaurant, dances to the rhytms.

Marie-Claude, owner of Teranga Restaurant, dances to the rhytms.

Dancing to the drums.

Dancing to the drums.

Nogaye dancing at Teranga.

Nogaye dancing at Teranga.

Sarah dances to the sabar drums.

Sarah dances to the sabar drums.

Marie-Claude takes time to dance.

Marie-Claude takes time to dance.

Moustapha plays Tagumbar.

Moustapha plays Tagumbar.

The residency of the Sing sing family ended with  a concert performance at Suffolk University’s C. Walsh Theater. Moustapha, Nogaye and Malick were joined by long time friend, Pape Faye. In the true spirit of the African Tradition the concert was an interactive event with lots of give and take between the musicians/dancer and the audience and with audience members taking to the stage to dance to the rhythms of the sabar drums.

Pape Faye, Malick Ngom and Moustapha Faye.

Pape Faye, Malick Ngom and Moustapha Faye.

Malick Ngom.

Malick Ngom.

The drummers.

Moustapha Faye.

Nogaye Ngom dances to the drums.

Nogaye Ngom dances to the drums.

Nogaye takes flight.

Nogaye takes flight.

Nogaye dances Youza.

Nogaye dances Youza.

Malick plays cól mbundow.

Malick plays cól mbundow.

Nogaye joins in on drums.

Nogaye joins in on drums.

Malick's signature dance move.

Malick's signature dance move.

Pa Seck joins Nogaye on stage.

Pa Seck joins Nogaye on stage.

Pa Seck joins Nogaye on stage.

Pa Seck joins Nogaye on stage.

Malick plays nder.

Malick plays nder.

Pape Faye.

Pape Faye.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

A student dances on stage.

Members of the audience dance on stage.

Members of the audience dance on stage.

 

The Celebration of Senegal is the end of semester performance by the students in the sabar dance class (BLKST 263/THETR 263). This provides the students the opportunity to share what they have learned with friends and the university community. It is a great way to end the semester and celebrate the sabar tradition that the Sing Sing family shared with Suffolk University.

Moustapha, Nogaye and Malick made a visit to New York to visit relatives and while there taught a class for cousin Babacar Mbaye. The dancers brought a wonderful energy and passion to the class and made it a memorable experience.

Nogaye teaching dance class.

Nogaye teaching dance class for Babacar Mbaye in New York.

Nogaye teaching dance class for Babacar Mbaye in New York.

Nogaye teaching dance class.

Nogaye teaching dance class.

Nogaye teaching dance class for Babacar Mbaye in New York.

Babacar Mbaye.

Babacar Mbaye.

Malick and Moustapha play for Babacar Mbaye's dance class.

Malick and Moustapha play for Babacar Mbaye's dance class, New York.

Nogaye leads dancers.

Nogaye leads dancers.

Nogaye dancing at Babacar Mbaye's dance class.

Nogaye dancing at Babacar Mbaye's dance class in New York.

 

Student enjoying sabar dance.

Student enjoying sabar dance.

Moustapha solos for Marissa.

Moustapha solos for Marissa.

Meghan dances the steps learned in class.

Meghan dances the steps learned in class.

Rochelle dances to Moustapha's drum.

Rochelle dances to Moustapha's drum.

The joy of dancing sabar.

The joy of dancing sabar.

Dionne enjoying the dance.

Dionne enjoying the dance.

Nogaye dances solo.

Nogaye dances solo.