Revue Noire 07

  • Magazine
  • Music


Dakar, Senegal

Art portfolios : Mor Faye, Issa Samb Joe Ouakam, El Hadj Moussa Babacar Sy, Serigne Mbaye Camara, Kan-Sy
Senegalese artists’ Panorama




Music CD ‘M’Balax’

CD of 9 original songs included in the magazine
First CD specially recorded by Revue Noire in Dakar included in this magazine
with Abi Ndour, Pape Niang, Aminata Fall, Positive Black Soul, PBS, Ba, Alioune Kassé, Ker Gui






Editor Jean Loup Pivin
Published in 
September 1992

68 pages 40x28cm
In French and English




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Head in the Sky


The long, slim bodies disguised in a night starry with rare and pale lights, glide from the pot-holed street.

Here, on the coast, the heat is gentle ; over there the heat dries out bodies and detaches them from the earth to push them towards the sky. As if to seek pure, unsoiled water. And yet, the sand-carrying winds, ever more frequent, turn the sky into a cloud of fine earth. Up there, elsewhere. And yet, here – on earth – he is, without naïvety, more open co the world over the seas he knows th an to the Africa he speaks of without ever really having set foot there. The ships are in the town, the planes are ovec the town : cool, nice, fine, boy ; the idea of leaving is there, present in everyone’s mind, carried along by the soft sea winds.

A traveller in this landscape may think of Dakar nostalgically, entwining its history with that of Saint-Louis, Thiès, Ziguinchor… But Dakar is essentially a modern city, stimulating ambitions, desires and talents. And insanity. Dakar pretends it needs no-one when, in fact, it couldn’t exise without the amorous or corrupt presence of the passers-by of this world. Dakar is one of those capitals where you can stop and have sorne space, take sorne time.

A fiction, perhaps a reality that the words of great statesmen encourage, watched complacently by new donors. The Massina empires – too far away and too recent – hide themselves under the flamboyant and unique vestiges of a pharaonism, probable or improbable, certainly unable to assert its own splendour or its own talent.


by Jean Loup Pivin


Contents of RN 07 :

with an original CD ‘M’BALAX’


ART / SENEGAL / Mor Faye, Joe Ouakam, Issa Samb, Joe Ramangelissa Samb, El Hadj Moussa Babacar Sy, Serigne Mbaye Camara, Kan-Si, Kan-Sy, Ass M’Bengue, Amadou Yero Bâ, Bruce, Saïdou Barry, El Hadj Massour Ciss ‘Kassy’, Fodé Camara, Serge Correa, Alpha Woualid Diallo, Aïssa Dione, Guibril André Diop, Viyé Diba, Moustapha Dimé, Sabel Guissé, Souleymane Keita, Abdou Laye N’Doye, Cheik Diouf, Moussa Diop Samba Laye, Ibrahima Kébé, Matar, Ismaïla Manga, Amadou Moctar Pbaye ‘Tita’, Milène, Mohamadou M’Baye ‘Zulu’, Amady Kévé Mbaye Kré Mbaye, Ousseynou Mbaye ‘Seni’, Serigne N’Diaye, Djibril N’Diaye, Iba N’Diaye, Pape Youssou N’Diaye, Moussa Baïdy N’Diaye, Amadou Sow, Assane N’Doye, Hassane Sarr, Amadou Seck, Osseynou Sarr, Pape Macoumba Seck,  Mamadou Niang, Ousmane Sow, Philippe Séne, Abdou Traoré, William Sagna, Babacar Sadikh Traoré, Pape Ibra Tall, Set Setal, Fodé Camara

PHOTO/ SENEGAL / Mama Casset, Ousmane Ndiaye Dago, Djibril Sy, Boubacar Touré Mandémory, Bouna Medoune Seye, Pape Bâ, Karim Boye

LITERATURE / Mazizi Kunene, Jean-Luc Raharimanana, Luis Bernado Honwana, El Hadj Kassé, E.E. Nimrod, Mokamba Wa Monya Konga, Florent Couao Zotti, Biram Ndeck Ndiaye, Amadou Lamine Sall, Positive Black Soul

MEMORIES / Rokhaya Daba Sarr, Jean-Yves Loude

DANCE / Irène Tassembedo, Ebène, Koko

THEATER / Diouf, Jean-Michel Bruyère,

CINEMA / Djibril Diop Mambety

MUSIC / M’Balar, Abi Ndour, Pape Niang, Aminata Fall, Positive Black Soul, PBS, Ba, Alioune Kassé, Ker Gui

DESIGN / Cheikh Niass, Lamine Diouf, 100% Dakar

FASHION / Oumou Sy, Mike Sylla, Aïssa Dione

RITUAL ART / Nieléni, Mendée, IFAN Dakar

TALKS MEMORIES  / Sy, Pierre Lods,

NEWS  / Dak’Art,  Frédéric Bruly Bouabré