Ibaaku, the latest of a string of names he has given himself, is an artist on the move, ethereal, propelled by an eclectic and insatiable appetite for sound.
His creative path started early on in Thiès, where playing keys and clarinet gradually carried him into various genres through which he meandered, hip hop, soul, jazz, folk. Always momentarily, always on their fringes.
His music owes to Dakar’s buzzing and sprawling urbanism, home to his recording studio, as much as it does to Casamance’s green stretches and to Sardinia’s rugged landscapes, where he likes to retreat, getting lost to better find himself.
Since the end of the 1990s, he has produced records for artists and released two albums with his successive groups, making him a pivotal figure in the hip hop scene. He wanders inside as an eccentric insider, a b-boy freed from the codes, attitudes and requisite forms.
Because he is a stranger to contemporary out-and-out advertisement culture, he remains a confidential artist, busier crafting than promoting. His artistic integrity, his freedom of movement remain unaltered, and are manifested in the multifaceted work he continues to build with his group I-Science, his personal compositions or his collaboration with fashion designer Selly Raby Kane.
Curious about the world and the artistic innovations it reveals, mobilized to blast the walls and boundaries pitted within music by the business, Ibaaku is one of these millenials who form the avant-garde of contemporary creativity on the African continent.
Original French Text by Mamadou Diallo / Traduction by Benjamin Lebrave
Alien Cartoon – 2016 – Akwaaba Music (Label)
Alien Cartoon is the soundtrack to Selly Raby Kane‘s fashion show and art performance.
« IBAAKU accomplished a surrealist feat by transforming fragmented, chaotic sounds into a harmonious and baffling opus, he is a brilliant spirit. » Selly Raby Kane
« Sound… levitation… meditation… sound coming from the guts… it’s a journey! » Daara J Family
« A prime example of Afrofuturism as it stands today: an eclectic, electronic opus to a fantasy alien attack » THE FADER
« Alien Cartoon plays like a haywire crossing of distorted bass, thumping hip-hop inspired breakbeats and Senegalese samples. It’s a sound that’s at the same time dizzying and completely hypnotizing. » OKAYAFRICA
« Senegal’s Ibaaku is bringing Afrofuturism to the dacefloor » THUMP
Creative, captivating, innovative, amazing, original! These are the adjectives that come up most often at the sight of this great video ‘Djula Dance’ by Ibaaku. With the album released in January 2016, you can bet that Ibaaku will surely establish itself as a flagship artist of a new movement in West African dance music. Though the artist may still be somewhat unclassifiable, he nicknames his music « Afro-hypnotic electro » MUSIC IN AFRICA
« Avant-garde dancing on the moon? Not something you see every day. His dreads tied up into antennas kind of makes sense once you hear it. »THE CULTURE TRIP