Pape Djiby Ba

Pape Djiby Ba has earned his place in the Senegalese music scenery since a long time. He started his artistic life rather in theatre though, through the Ballet d'Afrique noire in 1968. But in the early 1970s, he entered the music and was member of the Star Band lead by Ibra Kassé, and later with the 1975 break-away Orchestre Number One with Yahiya Fall and vocalists Pape Seck and Mar Seck. His hits were at the time « Senegaal Jambaar » and « Maam Bamba ».
Orchestre Number One (first they called themselves Star Band no. 1 but this was prevented by the Minister of Culture in order to protect the original Star Band) was the craze of the seventies. Pape was also member of N'Gewel International de Dakar and featured on their two albums.

The 1980s brought about change. Pape was one of the founders of the Orchestre national du Sénégal in 1981, but he also embarked on solo projects and ventures. In 1988, he participated in the Biennale de Dakar, and recorded at the same time a first solo album « Takku Liguey » (work all the time), better known by the Senegalese public as « Baliya ». A couple of cassette albums followed during the 1990s.

Pape Djiby Ba left Senegal and settled in Paris for more than a decade. He occasionally performed at festivals and Paris bars, and recorded a few albums with limited distribution. He created also a band called Dakar Culture. In 2004, he was invited to do a featuring on the album « Itinéraire d'un enfant bronzé » by Sérigne M'Baye, also known as the rapper Disiz-la-Peste. Around the same time, he had participated in Youssou N'Dour's album « Egypte » on the song « Cheikh Ibra Fall ». In 2010, he announced a new album, first for the Senegalese market.

Pape Djiby Ba
Pape Djiby Ba   

Musicians on « Takku Liguey »:
Pape Djiby Ba: lead vocals, backing vocals;
Cheikh Tidiane "Keurgui" Tall: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, programming & arrangements;
Thio Mbaye: percussion;
Thierno Koité: alt & soprano saxophone;
Harry Forson: trumpet;
Robert Lahoud: rhythm guitar

Born: 1959, in Dakar
Style: mbalakh

Title Year Label Remarks
Senegal Diambar 2010
Intégration africaine 1999 KSF Productions Cassette
Centenaire-bi 1995 Jololi Productions Cassette, with Pape Mboup (Pap Mbup)
Consommez sénégalais 1994 Audio Video Productions AVP 00011 Cassette
Gaïndé 1992 AZ 9 Cassette
Takku Liguey 1988 Audio Video Productions 000001 Cassette


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