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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 & Stéphane 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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