Daara J

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Daara J

Country: Senegal
Years active: 1993-Present
Genres: Hip hop
Labels : Wrasse Records
Members : Ndongo D, Aladji Man and Faada Freddy
Website(s) Wrasse Article

Daara J (Pronounced Daa-raa Jee, which means "School of life" in the Wolof language) are a Senegalese rap trio, consisting of N'Dango D, Aladji Man and Faada Freddy. Their music blends western hiphop with traditional African rhythms to create an infectious dance style. In their last album, Boomerang, they were joined by guests including Rokia Traore, who is one of the leading women in Malian music.

Their rise to fame was helped along by appearances at various WOMAD festivals around the world, and they also appeared at Live 8 concert, Eden Project, Africa Calling.

Daara J is a trio of hip hop rappers from Senegal, West Africa, whose music draws from both sides of the Atlantic, picking up a taste of rumba here ('Esperanza'), a dash of ragga there ('Exodus'), slipping Spanish guitar into several tracks and adding guests including Rokia Traore ('Le Cycle' and the title track), firing off words like a machine gun ('Bopp sa Bopp') or laying back as break-your-heart crooners ('Paris Dakar'). The production is impeccable, the arrangements distinctive and the lyrics meaningful, while the rhythm still drives forward with a steady pulse that will feel fine alongside whatever is coming out of the United States?

"Daara J have a sound of their own that will lead to recognition as one of the premier vocal outfits of our time.. One of the hip hop albums of the century" ALBUM OF THE MONTH Observer.

* Daara J (1994), K7
* Daara J (1997), CD
* Xalima (1998), CD & K7
* Boomerang (2003), CD & K7

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