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Mbeuguel (Love)

by Raja Kassis

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Mbeuguel, simply the word for "love" in Dakar, Senegal's predominant language Wolof, is in a style of music called Mbalax, the most popular dance music of the Wolof people of Senegal (made famous worldwide by it's king Youssou Ndour). More specifically this track is a style affectionately referred to within the Mbalax idiom as "Pur et Dur" (Pure and tough), with a nod to the old school in its production - particularly with the organic horns and the live, as is performance (recorded on the first take without a click).

This track goes to the roots of Raja's musical training, consisting of 15 plus years playing in the Senegalese underground scene across America, which included touring with the likes of Fatou Guewel, Kine Lam, Fatou Laobe, Marie N'Diaye, as well as performing with Assane N'diaye in Dakar, Senegal. The rhythm section of Mahanta Faye, Arone N'Diaye, Morcoumba Gueye and Raja Kassis, has been the go to Mbalax rhythm section in NYC for many years, providing the motor for countless Senegalese luminaries and acts in the United States.


released July 22, 2014
The Players:

Raja Kassis: Guitar
Mahanta Faye: Drumset
Arone N'Diaye: Marimba Keyboards
Morcoumba Gueye: Sabar percussions
Patrice Blanchard: Bass
Morgan Price: Saxophone
Raymond James Mason: Trombone
Jeff Pierce: Trumpet


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Raja Kassis New York, New York

Raja Kassis has recorded and performed with the likes of Blitz the Ambassador, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Antibalas, Seun Anikulapo Kuti, Allen Toussaint, and many others.

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