Pape Djiby Ba
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|Pape Djiby Ba has earned his place in the Senegalese music scenery
since a long time. He started his artistic life rather in theater though, through the
Ballet d'Afrique noire in 1968.
But in the early 1970s, he entered the music and was member of the Star Band lead by
Ibra Kassé, and later with the 1975 break-away Orchestre Number One
with Yahiya Fall and vocalists Pape Seck and
Mar Seck. His hits were at the time
« Senegaal Jambaar » and
« Maam Bamba », Number One (first they called themselves
Star Band no. 1 but this was prevented by the Minister of Culture in order to protect the original Star Band)
was the craze of the seventies. Pape was also member of N'Gewel International de Dakar and
featured on their two albums.
The 1980s brought about change. Pape was one of the founders of the Orchestre national du Sénégal in 1981, and he embarked on solo projects and ventures. In 1988, he participated in the Biennale de Dakar, and recorded at the same time the album « Takku Liguey » (work all the time), better known by the Senegalese public as « Baliya ».
Pape Djiby Ba left Senegal and settled in Paris for more than a decade. He occasionally performed at festivals and Paris bars, and recorded a few albums with limited distribution. He created also a band called Dakar Culture. In 2004, he was invited to do a featuring on the album « Itinéraire d'un enfant bronzé » by Sérigne M'Baye, also known as the rapper Disiz-la-Peste. Around the same time, he had participated in Youssou N'Dour's album « Egypte » on the song « Cheikh Ibra Fall ». In 2010, he announced a new album, first for the Senegalese market.
Musicians on « Takku Liguey »:
Pape Djiby Ba: lead vocals, backing vocals;
Cheikh Tidiane "Keurgui" Tall: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, programming & arrangements;
Thio Mbaye: percussion;
Thierno Koité: alt & soprano saxophone;
Harry Forson: trumpet;
Robert Lahoud: rhythm guitar
Born: 1959, in Dakar
Pape Djiby Ba
|Intégration africaine||Cassette only|
|Takku Liguey||1988||Audio Video Productions 000001||Cassette only|