Doudou Ndiaye Rose was a Senegalese drummer, composer and band leader, and the recognised modern master of Senegal’s traditional drum, the sabar. He was the father of a musical dynasty which includes some of the most successful traditional musicians of contemporary West Africa.
The man, who was one of the most renowned African musicians of this century, has enjoyed an illustrious career of many decades including collaborations with some of the finest artists this world has ever beheld including Miles Davis, Rolling Stones and Dizzy Gillespie.
According to AFP, the “mathematician of rhythm” passed away in a Dakar hospital on Wednesday.
“Today we lost our father, our friend, a great man,” said his nephew Doudou Ndiaye Mbengue.
We salute the legend and we thank him for the music. Below is a video recording of the artist performing ‘Diabote’, taken from what is probably his most famous compilation of rhythms. It was recorded in one week with his group of fifty drummers and the Julien Jouga’s Choir, an eighty-member, all-female choir.