Aby Ngana Diop

Announcing Aby Ngana Diop “Liital” coming 9/2/14

Aby Ngana Diop was the most famous taasukat in Dakar, Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s. Taasu is a Wolof-language poetic style, usually performed by women griots over frenetic drum patterns, with an aggressive verbal flow thought to presage rap. Her only album Liital was groundbreaking in the history of Senegalese music because it was the first commercial recording to feature a traditional female taasukat performing to the modern accompaniment of mbalax, Senegal’s quintessential pop genre.

After a few years of searching for Ms. Diop’s family members—she passed away from a heartattack in 1997—it took another year to get the release sorted it out but I’m happy to report this is all square with her family in Dakar (thanks to the help of a friendly professor from Boston who also contributed excellent liner notes).






The first track is completely insane and I play it on big systems every chance I get:



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Nicholas Rollereply
July 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Can’t wait! This is great stuff.

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August 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

[…] you can check out much more information on the release details, artist, and background here on the ATFA site. Until then the aforementioned album opener is below for you to get your ears around. I defy you […]

Jeoff Bullreply
August 20, 2014 at 3:21 am

So glad to see you getting this out to the world. I’ve loved it ever since I first found it on your site a few years ago. Great write-up in this month’s _Wire_, BTW.

August 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

How do I pre-order this on vinyl?
I cannot find it in the SC shop.

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September 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

[…] interactions with Diop’s work and the process that led him to re-release the record. Head to ATFA’s site for more information on the album, and take an exclusive listen to a song from the album […]

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September 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

[…] choćby brzmieniu nagrań Missy Elliott. Jak to opisuje niezmordowany wydawca Brian Shmikovitz (Awesome Tapes From Africa), jest to również materiał rewolucyjny, bo Aby Ngana Diop połączyła ekspresję taasu z […]

Didjé Négritubereply
November 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

Thanks ATFA for this one ! Do you think that the first tune is a cover of Orchestra Baobab’s Kelen Ati Leen ?

Brian Shimkovitzreply
November 12, 2014 at 2:09 am
– In reply to: Didjé Négritube

hmm not sure, good question.

August 3, 2015 at 8:50 pm
– In reply to: Didjé Négritube

I believe it’s more of her own lyrics and the second part is a traditioinal song. Not only Baobab sang it though

Emilie Larosereply
February 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

Oh God, this brings me back to my chilhood !!!
I love this women ! I used to…

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