Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Disgraced Abdoulaye Wade leaves behind “exile” in Versailles; returns to Dakar

Two years ago, Abdoulaye Wade, after 12 of years in power as Senegal’s President, lost his post in an election against his former Prime Minister, Macky Sall. Wade decamped to the wealthy Versailles suburb in Paris (his wife is French and he lived there during exile from Senghor’s regime). Last week he returned to Senegal.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The U.S. premiere of Alain Gomis’ new film “Tey (Aujourd’hui)”

Alain Gomis’ latest film, Tey (Aujourd’hui) is a gentle and understated exploration of life, death, memory, and the passing of time. The film tells of Satché’s (played by Saul Williams) last day on earth, for it has...

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Senegalese award winner tells France to shove it

Bousso Dramé is a young Senegalese woman who recently won a French language competition organized by the French Institute of Senegal. She was awarded a return flight ticket to Paris and a training in documentary film-making for...

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Takeifa: Rocking Dakar

Some music videos take you by surprise. One such video is the brand new offering by the Senegalese band Takeifa, called “Supporter”. Takeifa is band of siblings from the Keita family headed by brother Jac. According to soundcloud...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

“Only Seydou Keita is worth anything.”

The Western-most tip of Africa seemed like as good a place as any to watch the Mali vs. South Africa quarter-final in the African Cup of Nations. On Saturday, I was at the Pointe des Almadies in...

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

My favorite photographs N°10: Candace Feit

I wasn’t familiar with the work of photographer Candace Feit before browsing the web recently, following up on the online presence of a South African organisation I hold in high regard. (The organisation/project/incubator is based in the...

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

President of France, King of Africa?

Why should it be a big deal if a French president gives a speech in Dakar? Lots of reasons. Rarely does anyone walk softly and carry a big stick in quite the same way that François Hollande...

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Guggenheim’s map–Where is the rest of Africa?

Guest Post by Jennifer Bajorek and Erin Haney The recent announcement of the Guggenheim Foundation’s new “Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative” bears all of the hallmarks of the present era. It is funded by a bank....

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The other African election: France’s first round

What is there to say about that other African election, the one in France? Sunday was the first of two rounds in this presidential contest, which is a lot more about Europe—specifically Brussels, but also Berlin—than it...

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

First Lady Marieme Faye Sall: ‘The good Senegalese woman’

Senegal's new first lady, Marieme Faye Sall, represents a break with the country's political history after independence. Madame Sall’s husband, Macky Sall, has just been elected as President of Senegal. Her significance lies in the fact that...

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The dancing Senegalese man

Senegal voted this weekend. Abdoulaye Wade is gone after 12 years. Macky Sall, once Wade's protege and variously prime minister and minister of mining under the old man is now in charge. We hope to have...

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Y’En A Marre’s political hip-hop anthems

8 of 13 Senegalese opposition candidates trying to unseat Abdoulaye Wade in the upcoming presidential elections (including three former prime ministers under Wade, and no-longer-candidate Youssou N'Dour) gathered on Obelisk Square in Dakar last Sunday. The rally...

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Music Break. Fatima Al Qadiri

Senegal-born, Kuwait-raised musician and artist Fatima Al Qadiri just premiered her new EP, “Genre-Specific Xperience,” in New York. The project consists of 5 songs each with corresponding video. Above is “Vatican Vibes” which features “Gregorian trance.” As...

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Photography. Fatoumata Kande Senghor


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Dakar Hustle

Video for spoken word from Senegalese rapper Keyti–remember him? Keyti was one of the stars of Ben Herson’s 2009 documentary film about hip hop and politics in the Senegalese capital, “Democracy in Dakar.”  The video is directed...

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Subsidizing North Korea

ArtAsiaPacific has a feature essay on North Korea’s Mansudae Art Studio, which operates under the ‘special guidance’ of the country’s leader, Kim Jong-Il, and produces propaganda art–paintings, public sculptures–for the North Korean state. The studio also has...

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Dakar Modern

I’ve been wanting to post for a while now about the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion.  Primarily the work of the filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris; remember Harris film, “The Twelve Apostles of Nelson Mandela,” about his South African step father. The DDFR...

Monday, December 20th, 2010

T.I.A.* (BMX Edition)

Shot in Dakar, Senegal. Via Faith 47 Blog (H/T Chinnaya Nwosu) * Part of our meme, ‘This is Africa.’

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

‘Dakar Now’

Photograph by Mimi Mollica; from the book “Street Photography Now” (2010) by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren. “… 240 pages, 52 photographers, 4 essays, over 300 beautiful, surprising and unique images of everyday life across the globe.”

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Wade’s Country

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Senegal’s Dream President

Senegal’s 83-year old president, Abdoulaye Wade, is running for a third term.  What is it with these guys? Don’t they know when to go? The last time when he won, the opposition had a good case for...

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010


Senegalese Gokh-Bi System shout out their neighborhood, one of the poorest in the capital Dakar, as well as the mbalax singer, Ndongo Lo, who died in 2005. Video by Directed by Magee McIlvaine

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


I’d be interested to hear people’s responses to this video that try to counter Western stereotypes of African economic and social life with its own selective, glossy images of a largely urbanized, clean, ordered–oddly without any people–Africa....

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The Darkness in Senegal

My former PhD adviser, David Styan, pointed me to this mixing of popular protest and music in Senegal (not widely reported in English speaking media):  Both old school crooner, Youssou N’Dour, and Senegalese rap pioneer, Didier Awadi,...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009


The film (see the trailer here), which traces the evolution of Senegalese hip hop, will have a short run at Maysles Cinema in Harlem, September 23-27, 2009, on Malcolm X Boulevard, nightly at 7pm.