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[mass noun] A type of Senegalese popular music derived from a combination of traditional Wolof drumming patterns and Cuban popular music.
- ‘There are nods to mbalax, the sound of urban Senegal, and more reflective folk music.’
- ‘Over the past two decades his output has ranged from the driving Senegalese style, mbalax, through to dodgy western-influenced ballads.’
- ‘It had no sleevenotes, a token shot of mbalax (modernised traditional Wolof) drumming, and a single dancefloor hit.’
- ‘A Wolof griot was added, local mbalax styles and themes crept in.’
- ‘She is stirring up a potent stew, her Mexican folk stock infused with pinches of dub reggae, Senegalese mbalax and Indian classical sliding.’
Wolof, literally rhythm.
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