Senegalese drummer and band leader Doudou N’diaye Rose, who was named a “living human treasure” by Unesco, has died at the age of 85.The musician, whose real name was Mamadou N’diaye, died in a Dakar hospital after being taken ill on Wednesday morning the 19th August 2015.. He was a master of the sabar drum and led the Drummers of West Africa orchestra, made up of his children and grandchildren, in complex beat medleys. He also conducted his daughters and granddaughters in the the all-female group, Les Rosettes.
He toured the world and played with jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and the Rolling Stones.He led an orchestra of more than 30 drummers. The late Rose continued to play up until his death and a few years ago explained how happy he was to have spawned a dynasty of percussionists. Growing up among the beats of downtown Dakar pushed N’diaye towards his life as a percussionist. He was mentored by Senegal’s then drum-major Mada Seck, who “knew all the secrets of percussion” and eventually passed on his instruments to N’diaye, who travelled deep into the West African countryside to develop his talent. Once N’diaye had learned “more than 100 different rhythms”, elders named him the new chief drum-major. He first caught the wider world’s attention when, in 1959, US singer and dancer Josephine Baker invited N’diaye to perform with her shortly before Senegalese independence. He has since collaborated with musicians including Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones and Peter Gabriel, and toured Africa, Japan, France and the US.
An incredible loss to the SeneGambian community,RIP.