Courtesy de Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force. Photo DR.
Close Courtesy de Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force. Photo DR.
July 4

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force


— 7:30p.m. : Door opening

— 8:00 - 9:00p.m. : DJ Sundae

— 9:00 - 10:30p.m. : Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force

Concert in the Foyer, standing.

Local, artisanal and organic bar run by the Motel during the evening.

The Bourse de Commerce proposes a concert by Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, which brings together Mark Ernestus, a pioneer of 1990s German techno dub, with a group of Senegalese sabar musicians, whose polyrhythms are conducive to trance.  

In 2007, electronica producer Mark Ernestus discovered mbalax, a Senegalese dance music style that developed in the early 1970s on the basis of the repetitive rhythms of the sabar, the drum traditionally used to communicate between villages located as far as 15 kilometres apart from one another. For more than two years, Mark Ernestus made recordings with an ensemble of twenty musicians and percussionists. He has released a number of records under the name Jeri-Jeri. In 2014, the group Ndagga Rhythm Force was formed in homage to the legendary collective Bronx Wackies Rhythm Force. They transformed the studio versions of their tracks into jam sessions lasting for hours to the sounds of dub and hypnotic drumming. The vocals of Mbene Diatta Seck blend with the dancing of Fatou Wore Mboup to create a hypnotic evening. 

The live formation of Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force consists of Mbene Diatta Seck (vocals), Mangone Ndiaye Dieng (drums), Ibou Mbaye  (keyboards), Modou Mbaye (tama), Bada Seck (sabar), Serigne Mamoune Seck (sabar), and Fatou Wore Mboup (dance), with Mark Stephen Ernestus supervising the mixing.