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Daara J
(Senegal)

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Biography  
Daara J has been formed by Faada Freddy (Abdou Fatha Seck, MC), Lord Aladji Man (El Hadj Mansour Jacques Sagna), and N’Dongo D (Mamadou Lamine Seck). The name of the band stands for "school of life" (Daara means school in wolof language).

Among the hundreds of rap and hip hop bands in Senegal, the music Daara J has a distinguished style, putting the melodie on the forefront. Their albums show a variety of styles, such as soul, funk, dancehall and even Cuban music. They sing in wolof and in french, on their african cassettes the lyrics are mainly in wolof.
Daara J have a message that they want to be heard. The lyrics address issues such as religion (a hot and delicate item in Senegal!), immigration, egoism, and the antagonism between technology and human well-being.

Their 2003 album « Boomerang » is an important release of world class standards, and may convince any music lover even when not specifically interested in hip hop. Featuring rapper Disiz La Peste, Sergent Garcia and Malian diva Rokia Traoré are decisively adding value to the album.

Faada Freddy and N’Dongo D separated from Lord Aladji Man, and the former two founding members continued under the name of Daara J Family. They have started to perform again and to record new songs. A new album has been released in 2010.



Created: 1994, in Dakar
Style: hiphop, rap, soul


Daara J: Boomerang
Daara J: Boomerang
Discography

Title Year Label Remarks
School of Life 2010 Wrasse Records
Boomrang 2003 BMG France/Subdivision 74321 98393-2 Reissued as Boomerang on Wrasse Records WRASS105 (UK)
Exodus 2000 Local cassette
Xalima 1998 Déclic
Daara J 1997 Déclic Remix of the 1994 cassette
Daara J 1994 Local cassette


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