Residency: Negger dou Tamba
After performing to consistent cheers at the inauguration of Thread, Neggadou was invited for one of its first residencies. Below you can see images of him doing workshops on creative expression, as well as the premiere of a music video shot and produced for him by Zoya Films, another of our first group of residents.
While at Thread, Dou wrote (and then recorded) many songs. In particular he wrote one about Sinthian. Now, whenever passing through the village you hear radios or young boys playing or singing this new song about this very rural village given homage by regionally renowned rapper. In addition, Dou gave a rap performance at Thread for all of the local villages, inviting many of his colleagues up from Tamba. This concert was then performed in the city of Tambacounda, recognizing the importance of this rural community in an urban setting.
The importance of rap is profound and widespread in Tambacounda. Poetry and rap have long been regaled in the country as forms of expression and as political activism (the country's independence was founded by the poet Leopold Senghor, and the rap group Keur Gui led the resistance against the previous president's attempt to alter the constitution in his favor in 2010).
Above you can see the music video Zoya Films created for Negger Dou. Below, you will find a few images from Dou's stay at Thread. During his time there, he immediately set to work on finishing the writing of his first full length album. As a Tambacounda native, and fluent Pulaar speaker, he became integral in the residency of a local nun who talk soap making workshops to women from Sinthian (for more on that project, click here). This experience, along with his conversations with various team members of Thread, led him to decide to open up his own storefront in Dakar in order to fund the recording of his first album, which is now fluorescing.
Thread has stayed deeply involved with Dou and the work he is doing in Tambacounda. In particular, we have supported his arts collective Dugu Tigui in their efforts to galvanize the creative community of the city, the repainting of its Regional Cultural Center, and, at the end of March 2016, Dou and Dugu Tigui organized the first Festival of Unity. This three-day festival saw a coalescing celebration of traditional arts of the area (in the form of traditional ethnic dances and parades honoring the Tambacouna's diversity) and rap and graffiti exhibitions in the evenings (to celebrate the importance of urban cultures to the area). This is entirely in line with Thread's desire to simultaneously fortify the intangible heritages of the diverse traditional cultural practices in Tambacounda, while giving support to contemporary arts practices. The Festival de l'Union has just celebrated its third edition. Click here for more information.