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What is a sabar?

What is a sabar? Here are some definitions.

  1. A traditional drum from Senegal, generally played with one hand and one stick.
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Like the Wolof, the Serer are noted for playing the sabar, a traditional drum usually played in ensemble for virtually every occasion.
The way we see it in Super Diamono is mbalax is just another rhythm played by a particular instrument, the sabar.
His big breakthrough came at the Senegalese independence ceremonies in 1960, when he led a 100-strong sabar orchestra, providing the marching beat for 100 majorettes.
N'Dour further Africanized and updated the mbalax sound not only by adding a set of Senegalese sabar drums to the ensemble but also by distributing their rhythms between the keyboards and electric guitars.
When Vline went off on tour with Claude François, I called Pierre and we went off to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence with my pianist Jean-Pierre Sabar and holed up in three rooms I'd rented.
The sabar is mostly used in special celebrations like weddings.

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