Past Event

Abdou Mboup & Waakaw

Master percussionist Abdou Mboup was born in the small town of Kebemer, Senegal to a family of oral historians and musicians. Since that time he’s toured the globe with South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and later collaborated with Pharoah Sanders, Randy Weston, Nina Simone, John Lurie, Harry Belafonte and countless others. Here with his group Waakaw, which means “country boys” in his native Wolof, he revisits the music of his childhood, blending it with jazz and other American music.

Adam Klipple, keyboards
Jerry Brooks, bass
Damon Due White, drums
Abdou Mboup, kora, xalam, percussion & vocal


Meet the Artist:
Senegalese percussionist
Abdou Mboup began his career as a  key figure in the development of the Mbalax style of Senegalese dance music. In the early 1970s, he became the first musician to incorporate traditional instruments into Senegalese popular music. Later he joined the renowned Dakar based group Xalam, which he toured Europe and Africa under the patronage of south African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela. He has since toured and recorded in Africa, Europe, America, Southeastern Asia, Japan, Nepal and India, and has written original composition for Jean Luc Ponty, Pharoah Sanders Tom Tom Club and Randy Weston. As a player, he has collaborated with Manu Dibango, Michel Petrucciani, Richard Galliano, Nina Simone, Toots Thielemans, Jon Lurie, Africa Bambata, Chico Freeman, Craig Harris, David Murray big band, Joe Zawinul Syndicate, Joe Chambers, Buster Williams, Harry Belafonte, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Billy Higgins, Kenny Barron, and  Jason Moran. Abdou Mboup currently teaches at the New School University, NY and lives in Union City, NJ.