In Memoriam: Vieux Sing Faye

August 19, 2015

Vieux Sing Faye

24 June 1937 – 18 August 2015

Sing Sing Faye, Baj Géwël Ndakarou, was an institution not only in the city of Dakar, or the country of Senegal. His significance stretched beyond the borders of Senegal to span the world. But his base was in the community of Medina, and it was here that his significance was experienced daily.

I was fortunate to have Pa Vieux Sing Faye as a father and a friend; to have spent time with, worked with and learned from him.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

– Sipho Faye Bellinger

Pa Vieux Sing Faye

Pa Vieux Sing Faye

Pa Vieux Sing Faye Portrait

Pa Vieux Sing Faye Portrait

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with family members. (bottom, l-r) Mbaye Dieye Faye, Vieux Sing Faye, Bakari Djom. (top, l-r) Tako FAye, Moustapha Faye, Papa, and Papa Chas Faye.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with family members. (bottom, l-r) Mbaye Dieye Faye, Vieux Sing Faye, Bakari Djom. (top, l-r) Tako Faye, Moustapha Faye, Papa, and Papa Chas Faye.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye in a family discussion.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye in a family discussion.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with Simb group.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with Simb group.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with two of his Grand children

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with two of his Grand children, Abdoulaye Mbaye (left) and Ali.

 

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with Zal (left) and nephew Nabi Faye.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with Zal (left) and nephew Nabi Faye.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye at the recording Studio during the recording of his CD, Sabar Xoot, Sing Sing Faye ak Ay Rakim.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye at the recording Studio during the recording of his CD, Sabar Xoot, Sing Sing Faye ak Ay Rakim.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye working with children at Young Achievers School. Mattapan, MA.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye working with children at Young Achievers School. Mattapan, MA.

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with (left - right) son Moustapha Faye, grandson Malick Ngom, and son Aziz Faye at the 1st Sing Sing Tradition Concert, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with (left – right) son Moustapha Faye, grandson Malick Ngom, and son Aziz Faye at the 1st Sing Sing Tradition Concert, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Aziz Faye dances to the accompaniment of (l-r) Malick Ngom, Pa Vieux Sing Faye, and Moustapha Faye.

Aziz Faye dances to the accompaniment of (l-r) Malick Ngom, Pa Vieux Sing Faye, and Moustapha Faye.

PA Vieux Sing Faye plays with son Aziz Faye in concert, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 2008

PA Vieux Sing Faye plays with son Aziz Faye in concert, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 2008

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with Anta Sane and Sipho Faye Bellinger

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with Anta Sane and Sipho Faye Bellinger. Boston, MA 2008

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with a group at Suffolk University. Boston, MA 2008

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with a group at Suffolk University. Boston, MA 2008

The Faye Brothers (l-r) Papa Lamine Faye, Pa Vieux Sing Faye and Papa Chas Faye. Sipho Faye Ballinger (rear). Medins Dakar. (Photo by Ken Martin)

The Faye Brothers (l-r) Papa Lamine Faye, Pa Vieux Sing Faye and Papa Chas Faye. Sipho Faye Bellinger (rear). Medins Dakar. (Photo by Ken Martin)

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with Sipho Faye Bellinger. Medina, Dakar. (Photo by Ken Martin)

Pa Vieux Sing Faye with Sipho Faye Bellinger. Medina, Dakar. (Photo by Ken Martin)

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