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SENEGALESE HIP-HOP SENSATION "BIDEEW BOU BESS" ARRIVES FOR THEIR FIRST TOUR WITH THE SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT....

Some might call them 21st Century Griots: some might describe their music as "ancient meets the future;" some might see them as the living link between African and American Hip-Hop traditions, or as outspoken global citizens. By whatever description, the Senegalese group called Bideew Bou Bess has to be seen and heard to fully grasp their innovative fusion of sounds, and just how cool they truly are.

Bideew Bou Bess is comprised of three brothers: Moctar, Baidy, and Ibrahima Sall. They are experienced and articulate performers with a clear sense of their place in the world's ever-evolving music scene. In concert performances they effortlessly blend sweet vocals with savvy poetic commentary and strong traditional melodies. For young performers, they have already compiled an impressive history. It includes a World Tour with Yousou Ndour; a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning rapper and singer Wyclef Jean for their first album released in Senegal; a collaboration with French Rapper Passi for two songs on Passi's "Genesis" CD that became a double gold disc in France and lead to Passi producing their first international release, "Original."

Bideew Bou Bess now has their own Senegal-based production company, doing international collaborations for recordings and performances, while maintaining a busy year-round concert schedule in response to their second international CD "Ndoubelane." Their collaborations with the award-winning film production company Gelongal has produced stunning music videos, and has added to their ever-growing international audience; in 2012 they did a tour in Brazil and Latin America.

The Senegal-America Project

Collaborations began between Bideew Bou Bess and US musician/poet Tony Vacca when they were introduced by Pape Pouye, one of Senegal's most innovative music producers. Vacca invited them to be part of his "Things Gotta Change" CD project, and Bideew Boiu Bess responded by hosting Vacca's Senegal-America Project and poet Tantra Zawadi at their sold-out anniversary concert at The Daniel Sorano National Theater of Senegal (Senegal's equivalent of CarnegieHall).

2013 began by continuing this collaboration when Tony Vacca and Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets) received a Grant from the US Embassy in Dakar to bring the Senegal-America Project back to Senegal for a series of concerts, workshops, and collaborations. In addition to Vacca and Oyewole, the group included poet Tantra Zawadi, and musician Derrik Jordan. This time they filled the CISES Arena, and then the Joseph Ndiaye Amphitheatre on Goree Island.

Next up: A US mini-tour this April with The Senegal-America Project, featuring Bideew Bou Bess, Abiodun Oyewole, Tony Vacca, and Derrik Jordan. (Two more US tours are scheduled during the next year.)

FOR BOOKINGS OF THE SENEGAL-AMERICA PROJECT'S UPCOMING OCTOBER TOUR contact:Jean Butler at: jean@arts-are-essential.org, or call 978-263-0108.



For more info on the musicians participating in this Spring tour:

Abiodun Oyewole: http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/witnesses/abiodun_oyewole.html
Tantra Zawadi: www.tantrazawadi.com
Derrik Jordan: www.derrikjordan.com
Gokh-bi System: www.gokhbisystem.com
Jo Sallins: www.josallins.com





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