Friday, May 24th, 10p – 12a
Senegal’s premier griot rapper, Baay Bia brings ancient West African storytelling traditions to the global hip hop stage. His voice launched onto the world music scene, writing and arranging each song on his first album, Nation, winning the 2002 Senegalese Hip Hop awards. Tours of Senegal with renowned King of Yela singer Baaba Maal were followed by performances in the United States with Nomadic Wax from 2007-11.
Collaborating with musicians from Rwanda, Baay Bia & renowned Rwandan singer Mani Martin released the single “Mama Africa” in December, 2013.
In addition to grass roots environmental projects in his hometown Thiaroye-sur-Mer, Senegal, Baay Bia serves as Phelps Stokes Global Ambassador where he coordinates cultural outreach on projects at Tuskegee University and within SEAL, Phelps Stokes initiative to give opportunities to promising young artists in developing nations.
The UNFPA 10th Anniversary of the Campaign to End Fistula (site) was celebrated with The Fistula Song, written and produced by Baay Bia, featuring renowned artists Queen Biz, Jimi Mbaye, Philma, Seyba & Abou Thioubalo.
Now in 2019, Baay Bia is releasing the new song Sagar written in English, French, and Wolof.
The song sagar is made in zouk style and will be distributed digitally.