Doudou N'Diaye or Ndiaye Rose is a master musician and arguably the best rhythmatist in the world.
Doudou N'Diaye Rose was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1928 and took up sabar drumming at an early age. The sabar is by far the most common instrument in Senegal. You can hear it at every family gathering, Catholic church meeting, political rally, Baay-Fall Islamic meeting, and marketplace. The sabar has become the backbone of almost every Senegalese music group.
At age nine Doudou N’diaye Rose had an irresistible desire to play the drum.
But since his father was an accountant, Doudou never got the chance to be initiated to drum beat in his early age. So he went in search for someone who would be able to teach him. He was fortunate to meet El hadj Mada Seck who was at that time the best drum major in Dakar. Throughout all his childhood he followed him and learned from him the art of drum rhythms and the different kinds of djembes (African drums).
Life was quite hard for Doudou N’diaye. He was being raised by his uncle who didn’t want him to play the art of drum rhythms. He later conceded that Doudou N’diaye Rose was destined to music and gave him the freedom to go around all regions of Sénégal to learn drum beat rhythms from different ethnic groups. Some years later when his drum master El hadj Mada Seck moved to neighboring Côte d’Ivoire, he was quite ready to car.....