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Uploaded on Jul 10, 2007
Here is a short clip of Bou Counta Ndiaye Ensemble performing at the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival as part of the Virginia
Bou Counta Ndiaye is one of the foremost practitioners of the Senegalese xalam (ancestor of the banjo) tradition. UNESCO named his uncle, Samba Diabaré Samb, a "living human treasure." His great-nephew, Mamadou Ngoma Ndiaye, is one of few young people continuing the tradition. The ensemble includes Sidy Ndiaye, riti player, and Bassirou Seck, vocalist and historian.