DJIBRIL NDIAYE ROSE
A representative character of African tradition and a reputable percussionist from Senegal West Africa Djibril N’diaye Rose decided to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, the world renown Doudou N’diaye Rose, the greatest African percussionist from Senegal West Africa and become a percussionist himself.
At the age of eighteen (18) Djibril arrived in Italy where he began his venture as a percussionist. He gained experience through workshops, classes and his participation in Italian festivals. In 1996 Djibril return to Senegal to undertake research. He meet some of the greatest characters of African culture.
In August 1997, he organizes his first international stage with fifteen (15) Italian people where an idea escaped him to create a Cultural Complex. He created it and named it : Complex Cultural Doudou N’diaye Rose (C.C.D.N.R). Lately he has collaborated with Paolo Cerlati, the head master of Music Atelier in Biella (Italy). Together they wrote about African transcribed music and African culture.
Throughout his years of experience, Djibril offers to the public several kinds of Performances: in Night Clubs, in which he plays techno music with DJs, in Theatres with a performance named: "Meeting Africa with Djibril N’diaye Rose". Here the public shares in a show of songs and rhythms of Africa, sometimes he tells them tales of Senegal.
Now, Djibril has created a percussion group named : N'diabotgui. In fact, the name of the group "N'diabotgui" means, in the Senegalese national language, "The family". Ndiabotgui is the expression of high-energy Sabar and Djembé drumming, the energy of dance and percussion, and an expression of authentic traditional music from West Africa. The music of Ndiabotgui is a healing force propelled by the African “griot” heritage and the communication with drums.
Our show is the richest in variety of rhythms, merging the cultures of Cap Vert, Antilles, Brazil, Mali and Senegal. It is a tribute to music, the real link of the human beings.
WHAT IS N’DIABOTGUI ?
Djibril N‘diaye Rose created this Senegalese group to pay homage to his family and to provide a means of representing African culture to the outside world. In fact, the name of the group " N'diabotgui" means, in the Senegalese national language, "The family". The choice of this noun underlines the reality of musical events, the energy of dance and percussion. The performance includes (3) three parts: Bay Fal, Assiko and Sabar. It lasts ninety (90) minutes.
The word BayFall refers to a group of people that profess Islamism in a very particular way. In fact they testify their religious observances through rhythms and songs and they accompany themselves exclusively on the khin, a type of drum. The particularities of these characters are the way they walk barefoot in the street, their multicolored clothes made of pieces of different African fabrics, and their dependency on people’s generosity to sustain their way of living.
A word with two meanings. One refers to the enthusiasm the supporters of a football or basket ball team express in the stadium. The other refers to a particular instrument that accompanies their enthusiasm. The rhythms reproduced on the assiko are very similar to the Brazilian samba, which everyone knows is of African origin, It was exported from our continent during the period of the slave-trade. This part of the show is the richest in variety of rhythms. It merges the cultures of Cap Vert, Antilles, Brazil, Mali and Senegal. It is a tribute to music, the real link of the human beings all over the world, but overall it is a tribute to all the Africans who were compelled to leave Africa as slaves.
Sabar, born from the baobob tree, is the typical instrument of Senegal. It is considered to be the first means of communication between villages. Throughout the years it has become a fundamental part of Senegalese daily life. It is played in a traditional way during rites of passage such as the circumcision, weddings, baptisms. In a modern way it is the music of today’s singers and musicians. The sabar belongs to a family of six elements. Each of them has its particular name, sound and timbre making an extremely fascinating complexity of rhythmic overlapping possible. The last part of our performance is dedicated to the sabar family and its extraordinary ensembles. You will hear original rhythms created by Djibril N'diaye Rose as a tribute to these instruments. They are mixed with traditional rhythms that accompanies fabulous choreographies carried out by our dancing group.