West Africa: Midnight Drumming Senegal Style


Last Friday night, Josh and I enjoyed dinner and post-grub card-playing with a few friends. We gave one buddy a lift back to his apartment around 1:30 a.m. and on the way there, we encountered the scene in the video above. Click to watch!

About a hundred Senegalese people were gathered around a group of drummers and an emcee-type lady, who was clad in all purple and talking into a microphone and dancing. I slowed the car down and asked our friend, who’s Senegalese, what was happening and he said these types of late-night dance/drum street performances happen all the time. I must have made it obvious I wanted to get a closer look because he suggested we stop for a few minutes. I’m not sure I completely stopped the car before I scrambled out and into the crowd.

Add this to the list of neat experiences we’ve unexpectedly stumbled upon in my dear Senegal.

Rachael Cullins
Rachael Cullins is a twentysomething American girl living in Dakar, Senegal, with her husband and two dogs. She blogs about her adventures in Senegal and travels elsewhere in West Africa. She will reside in Dakar until summer 2013, when she and her family will move to another foreign post as part of her husband's career with the U.S. government. In addition to West Africa, she has traveled to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy and Costa Rica and plans to continually add to that list.
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