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You Need To Hear This Senegalese Electronic Track

Senegalese duo Guiss Guiss Bou Bess mixes Sabar drums, Mbalax influences & electronic beats in "Jigueenu Africa."

Guiss Guiss Bou Bess is comprised of Mara Seck & St├ęphane Costantini, a duo that blends electronic music with traditional Sabar percussion and Mbalax, Senegal's popular dance genre.

Their first music video for "Jigueenu Africa" "highlights Senegalese women and the magic they have when it comes to dancing Sabar," the band writes in a statement.

"Jigueenu Africa" hits you right away with its bouncing synthesizer bass line, handclaps and maze-like layers of Sabar drums. You'll have this one making rounds in your head for a minute.


The music video, directed by Benjamin Richard, is meant to be "a complete immersion in this universe made of spangles and drums in the heart of Medina, the oldest popular district in Dakar."

Their duo's goal with their music is to "preserve the cultural and identity & heritage from Senegal while making it accessible to any public. [They] wish to break down the barriers that Mbalax is facing on the international scene and make it understandable from a rhythmical side as well as from its identity."

Check out Guiss Guiss Bou Bess' "Jigueenu Africa" below.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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