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Biography

Alioune Mbaye Nder (born 1969, Dakar, Senegal) is a singer. Nder takes his name from the n'der, the drum favoured by his griot father.

A dancer and percussionist in his youth, Nder began his singing career in 1991 with the group Lemzo Diamono, a break-off group from the hugely popular Super Diamono de Dakar. Lemzo Diamono also included well-known Senegalese guitarist Lamine Faye. In 1993, Nder became Lemzo Diamono's lead vocalist and the band earned a large and loyal following over the next few years. In 1995 Nder left Lemzo Diamano to form his own band, the Setsima Group.

Nder, whose music until very recently was mostly available only on cassette, is regarded in Senegal as a modern day griot and a super star of the new (Boul Falé) generation after Youssou N'Dour and Baaba Maal. He is known in Senegal as The Prince of Mbalax, and by some hardcore fans - The King of Mbalax.

Mbalax is a genre of African popular music developed in Senegal and Gambia. Evolving from the traditional rhythms of the Wolof people, and absorbing a Cuban influence, and later western pop, funk, and reggae influences. It incorporates traditional percussion instruments and singing (in Wolof, French, and sometimes English), with modern electric instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, synthesizer, drum set, and also typically brass section. It was made popular by Senegalese pop star Youssou N’Dour, who Nder has great respect for.

Nder created le Setsima Group from young players who he could mold and grow alongside, and it has remained a tight formation with just a few personnel changes since then. Dakar's Le Temoin wrote, “The arrangements essentially done by the young musicians of le Setsima Group can easily compete with those traditionally realized by ‘studio sharks.’ What great art!”

Band Members

* Alioune Mbaye Nder (lead vocals)
* Aïcha Koné, Mbene Seck (backing vocals)
* Talla Seck, Lamine Touré (percussion)
* Malick Diaw (guitar)
* Saliou Ba (bass)
* Ibou Tall, Elou Fall (keyboards)
* Bassirou Mbaye (drums),
* Ibou Konaté, Mor Sarr (brass).
Discography

Nder & le Setsima Group:

* Courage (2005) - KSF Productions
* Muchano (2003) - KSF Productions
* Lu Tax? (2002)
* Takussaan à Dakar (Live), (2002) - Africa Fête AFD006
* Live anniversaire vol. 2 (Live), (2001)
* Live anniversaire vol. 1 (Live), (2001)
* Super Thiof (2000)
* Pansement (2000) - Africa Fête AFD003/Setsima
* Nder & le Setsima Group (1999) - World Connection WC 43010
* Aladji (1998)
* Lënëën (1997)
* Aduna (1995)

With Lemzo Diamono:

* Marimbalax (Compilation), (1996) - Stern's

Unfortunately the majority of Nder's music is still only available on local cassette, and only within Senegal. CD versions of Pansement and Nder & le Setsima Group are more widely available in Europe however.

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