Mbalax: Cosmopolitanism in Senegalese Urban Popular Music. Mangin, Timothy. This dissertation is an ethnographic and historical examination of Senegalese modern identity and cosmopolitanism through urban dance music.
ABSTRACT Mbalax: Cosmopolitanism in Senegalese Urban Popular Music Timothy Roark Mangin This dissertation is an ethnographic and historical examination of Senegalese modern identity and cosmopolitanism through urban dance music.
Specifically, I concentrate on the practice of black, Muslim, and Wolof identities that Senegalese urban dance music articulates most consistently. The majority of my fieldwork was carried out in the nightclubs and neighborhoods in Dakar, the capital city.
My research focuses on the articulation of cosmopolitanism through mbalax, an urban dance music distinct to Senegal and valued by musicians and fans for its ability to shape, produce, re-produce, and articulate overlapping ideas of their ethnic, racial, generational, gendered, religious, and …
Timothy Mangin is Assistant Professor of Music at Boston College. He completed his PhD in Ethnomusicology at Columbia in 2013 with a dissertation on Senegalese mbalax advised by Prof. George Lewis. Mangin is an ethnomusicologist and musician researching the intersection of popular music, race, ethnicity, religion, and cosmopolitanism in West Africa and the African Diaspora.
Song, Speech, and Meaning in Hip Hop. While popular music obviously comprises vocal and instrumental elements, this article is concerned primarily with the dynamic processes through which vocal performance comes to signify nonverbal meaning in Senegalese popular music.
N’Dour helped develop a style of popular Senegalese music called mbalax, a genre that fused traditional polyrhythms derived from the Wolof sabar with popular urban dance music …
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Le mbalax (terme d’origine wolof) est un rythme musical sénégalais . C’est sans doute la musique la plus populaire du Sénégal [réf. nécessaire] , basée sur les percussions dont le tama et le sabar .
Mbalax (or Mbalakh) is the national popular dance music of Senegal and the Gambia. Mbalax is a fusion of popular Western music and dance such as jazz , soul , Latin , and rock blended with sabar , the traditional drumming and dance music of Senegal.
‘It had no sleevenotes, a token shot of mbalax (modernised traditional Wolof) drumming, and a single dancefloor hit.’ ‘A Wolof griot was added, local mbalax styles and themes crept in.’ ‘There are nods to mbalax, the sound of urban Senegal, and more reflective folk music.’
Locating hip hop origins: popular music and soap and matches. It is the primary music in nightclubs and at weddings. Despite its ubiquity in the Senegalese urban soundscape, however, mbalax has not replaced the traditional Mangin, T. (2013) ‘Mbalax: cosmopolitanism in Senegalese urban popular music’. PhD thesis, New York University.