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About Seyadina Insa Wade: Seydina Insa Wade (pronounced Saydeena Ansa Wad) is a monument of modern Senegalese music, a song writer whose texts and melodies have influenced all of his country's major artists not least Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal, Ismael Lo, Les Freres Guissee, Pape and Cheikh and more recently a new generation of rappers including nephew El Hadji Man of the group Daara J.
Seydina grew up in Dakar in the popular quarter of Medina near the fishing port of Soumbedioune.
He made his first concert appearance at the famous Festival Des Arts Negres organised in 1966 by President Leopold Sedar Senghor and from the outset his songs reflect the music of the entire West African region while raising controversial social issues such as circumcision and slavery. Sung with humor and style in his native Wolof language, they portraits of Senegalese life. For Seydina life imitates art and vice versa. During Seydina's early career in Senegal he formed the now legendary group Tabala, an acoustic trio which included the guitarist Oumar Sow and percussionist Idrissa Diop. Recorded in Paris and Dakar, "Xalima" reunites Seydina with Oumar Sow on the tracks "Xalima" and "Waliyu". Seydina is also joined by two fellow members of the seminal Senegalese group Xalam II who were based in Paris during the 1980s and whose thrilling blend of Afro-Jazz is a significant chapter in the story of modern story of Senegalese music. Souleymane Faye is guest singer on the track "Samme" and Jean Philippe Rykiel plays keyboards on several tracks including "So Beugue" and "Libaas". Jean Philippe will be well known to African music fans for his arrangments on Salif Keita's classic album "soro".
Other guests include Les Freres Guisse who where inspired by Seydina's ground breaking acoustic compositions, the Parisian cellist Helene Billard and the noted composer and keyboard wizard, Frederick Rousseau whose collaborations with Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre have made him a household name in France.

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