July 25 & 26
Friday, September 15, 2017 ♦ 8:30 PM
4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000
Bideew Bou Bess (meaning “New Star” in the Wolof language) is a performing group of three brothers: Moctar, Baïdy and Ibrahima Sall. The trio is recognized throughout Senegal for their innovative mix of musical genres and languages, as well as for their attention and commitment to important social issues at home and abroad.
Natives of Podor, the brothers relocated to Senegal's capital city, Dakar, where as young hip-hoppers they began performing in 1994.
After winning a contest organized by the Ministry of Education in 1996, they caught the attention of Senegalese cultural icon Youssou Ndour. Three years later, in 1999, the brothers released their debut cassette, Ndékété Yoo!, produced by Ndour for his Jololi label. The title track, “Ndékété Yo”, featured an appearance by Wyclef Jean and became an instant hit, along with another track, “Ouh Ah”. The album topped the charts, sending sending Bideew Bou Bess on their trajectory toward stardom.