Notes From Africa

By Jenny Cathcart

Notes From Africa, a musical journey around the continent in the company of Senegalese superstar, Youssou N’Dour

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Remembering Habib Faye

Habib Faye (1965–2018) ace bass guitarist, keyboard player, arranger and composer, collaborated with Youssou N'Dour on many albums. In the late 1980s, the pair shared a house in Dakar's residential district, Cité Biagui, and together they created a company called Youbib. Habib marked Youssou N’Dour’s repertoire with notable contributions on numerous tracks including Bekoor, Sabar, Set, Lii. When, on 25th April 2018, it was announced that Habib, the Benjamin of the Super Étoile de Dakar band, had passed away in Paris, his fellow musicians were devastated and the whole of Senegal was shocked by his unexpected death at the age of 53.  Note Habib's keyboard intro to Youssou N'Dour track 'Fital' (Useless Weapons) on this magnificent transatlantic session featuring him and Youssou, Mbaye Dieye Faye (percussion) and jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman and their crew. Thanks to Ibou Tall for the video link.

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