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Speaking Sabar

Documentary adventures that encourage you to take a closer listen. A griot family teaches the language of Sabar drumming in Senegal.

Documentary adventures that encourage you to take a closer listen.

The N'diaye Rose family of Senegal are masters of Sabar drumming. They are the descendants of the late Doudou Ndiaye Rose, the legendary griot drummer famous for sharing the deep and complex rhythms of Sabar with the rest of the world.

Today, in the capital, Dakar, electronic musicians Beatrice Dillon, Nkisi and LABOUR try to interpret and translate the encoded language of the drums.

With thanks to the N'diaye Rose family and Berlin Atonal
Photo credit: Sandhya Ellis

Produced by Zakia Sewell
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

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Mon 6 Apr 2020 23:00