Senegalese NYC is a Wolof and French speaking community. The country is mostly part of the Sahel, the transition zone between the Sahara Desert and the savannas of West Africa. Many West African Griots are from Senegal.
Mother Africa’s Most Famous Singer,
Plays Carnegie Hall
Youssou N’Dour is a Senegalese singer and former politician. “Rolling Stone” magazine has called him the most famous living African singer, and he really is. He is one of Mother Africa’s leading cultural figures and was Senegal’s Minister of Tourism in 2012-13.
N’Dour is known for Senegalese Mbalax music based on Serer sacred puberty rites, but his style of Global Music is a fusion with popular Latin music that came back to Africa. Into his MBalax tradition, N’Dour pours Cuban Rumba, Hip-Hop, Jazz and R&B.
Youssou N’Dour really is the Star of Dakar, and his community-oriented, multicultural perspective makes him one of the world’s guiding lights.
For the Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashup #5 – Southern Italy Meets Senegal, Alessandra Belloni plays Southern Italian music and Alioune Faye, a Griot (West African troubadour), plays Senegalese percussion at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Sun, Apr 3 at 1pm. $15. 🇮🇹🇸🇳
Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present their new album “Suba,” Global Music reuniting the Caribbean and Mother Africa, at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Thu, Mar 31 at 8pm. $25. robertbrowningassociates.com 🇨🇺🇸🇳🇻🇪
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
June 11 – September 22, 2022
NEW YORK CITY PARKS
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island
Friday, May 13, 2022
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Thu, May 12, 2022
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
SKINNY’S CANTINA ON THE HUDSON
Manhattanville (West Harlem)
Friday-Saturday, August 7-8, 2021, 3-8pm
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 28 – 31, 2021
September 27 – Oct 13, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ The 57th Festival opens with Scorcese’s ‘The Irishman’ and screens Cannes Grand Prix winner ‘Atlantic,’ Pedro Almodóvar’s Spanish film ‘Pain and Glory,’ and Olivier Assayas’ French film ‘WASP Network’ at Film at Lincoln Center
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Little Senegal NYC
Le Petit Senegal (Little Senegal) is in Harlem’s West African neighborhood around 116th St between Lenox Ave and Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Senegal was part of the Ghana Empire (ca 300-1100). Islam is the national faith. It came to the Americas during the Colonial Era. The colonizers were French.
Haitian Revolution leader Dutty Boukman (ca 1767-1791) was from the region. He was called “Boukman” because he was a Muslim priest, a man of The Book (The Koran).
Senegal is the northernmost part of West Africa. The modern country straddles the Sahel. Northern Senegal is desert. Southern Senegal is savanna. The Senegal River is a major cultural region. Senegal surrounds the nation of Gambia on the Gambia River.