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Adorcist & Post-Industrial ritual
Spirits, Possession & Trance
Senegal

ndox électrique

“This path is not for purists, but an exiciting new style is forged.”

★★★★★ SONGLINES (UK)


Ndox Electrique is a ritual of possession coming from the n’döep

ceremonies in Senegal. It’s wild, it’s dark and solar, it's feminine and

powerful, groovingly calling the spirits to heal the modern world with

traditionnal incantations, dances & percussions, electric guitars &

computers. On stage, healing mistresses & musicians make a pact

with the Spirits : it takes much more than good intentions but dancing

sweat and a consistent volume to achieve salvation through

music & trance.


World music in the West is most often formatted & presented as fancy &

innocent postcards: the sun, the dunes, the smiles, the welcome, the

attaya or the ceebu jën offered to the lovely toubabs, etc. 

However the music of the cruel, wild, frenzied, real and even bloodthirsty

worlds betrays that neo-colonialist postcard presentation.


To cast out the demons during a n'döep ceremonie, it will take music &

songs of a huge volume to reach the elevation of the trance, and sweat

& blood to sanctify the action and to satisfy the spirits. Rituals of incredible

loudness and musical violence for a spirituality coupled with a magnificent

and imperious social role during liturgies where Western griots like

Meshuggah or The Birthday Party would only be considered as

well-educated choir boys. 


People around the world have always felt the need to transcend their fears

of life and death, to rise above their misfortunes and terrors. Now it’s about time to destroy, immolate your own music and annihilate your cultural influences by the power of other songs, melodies, chants, other rhythms, other sweats of trance and elevation.

 

Breaking everything in turn, then reshaping the materials, respectfully iconoclastic to become what music really is when it is no longer commercial: a wind, little or nothing but a wild and cathartic emotion.


Still working from years with Ifriqiyya Electrique, François R. Cambuzat and Gianna Greco (from the seminal Putan Club) could not find out where the North African adorcist communities, such banga, stambeli, diwân or gnawa, came from. Of the Arab-Muslim slave route, that was certain, but from which country, from which region? The traces seemed lost. Research after research, little by little this five-century-old road led them to West Africa, Senegal and the Lebu's n'döep. For months in Mbour, Guereo, Rufisque, Yoff and Ndar (Saint-Louis), François R. Cambuzat and Gianna Greco got lost among the seas and banks of Senegal, sacrificing to spirits -most often aquatic- ndox, water, in the Wolof language.


Tëdd ak Mame Coumba Lamba ak Mame Coumba Mbang: lying between Mame Coumba Lamba and Mame Coumba Mbang, the female geniuses of a tiny part of a huge continent. And so the title of the futur album, released by Bongo Joe Records on the 3rd of November 2023 (BJR 089). A blast from the Putan Club.

 

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Vinyle / CD / Digital


Rituals

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First rituals in the West:
12/11 -
LE GUESS WHO? Festival, Utrecht [NL]

07/12 - Festival TRANS MUSICALES, Rennes [F]

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First Western tour: May-December 2024 & March 2025

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18/05 - Moers Festival, [D]
24/05 -
Močvara, Zagreb [HR]
26/05 - Druga Godba Festival, Ljubljana [SLO]
31/05 - Kilbi Festival, Düdingen [CH]
10/07 - Pod'Ring Festival, Biel [CH]
12/07 - Pohoda Festival, Trencin [SK]

28/07 - WOMAD Festival, Malmesbury [UK]
01/08 - Urkult Festival, Näsåker [S]
23/08 - TrutnOFF Open Air Festival, Trutnov [CZ]

10/09 - L'Etrange Festival, Paris [F]

17/10 - Magazzino sul Po - Murazzi, Torino [I]
18/10 - Biko, Milano [I]

19/10 - Festival Il Ciclo dei Classici, La Notte delle Voci, Teatro Astra, Vicenza [I]
20/10 - Firenze [I] - tba

07/11 - Le Laü, Pau [F]
08/11 - Le Métronum, Toulouse [F]
21/11 - Espace Django, Strasbourg [F]

22/11 - Motown, Brussels [B]

23/11 - Gueulard +, Nilvange [F]
03/12 - Les Mardis du Grand Marais, Riorges [F]
14/12 - Festival No Border, Brest [F] - tbc

17/12 - Théâtre Hexagone, Meylan [F]

14/03/2025 - Noumatrouff, Mulhouse [F]

NDOX ELECTRIQUE
Tëdd ak Mame Coumba Lamba ak Mame Coumba Mbang

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BONGO JOE RECORDS - BJR 089

Distribution: Force Exposure (USA), L’Autre Distribution (F), Indigo (D & A),

Irascible (CH & A), K7 (UK, D, Worldwide), Bongo Joe Records (CH, I, GR, J).,
MGM (aka the groove merchants) (AUS), V2, Rush Hour...


01 - Jamm Yé Matagu Yalla (04:19)

02 - Lëk Ndau Mbay (03:55)

03 - Ngor Diouf Ya Demon (05:11)

04 - He Yay Naliné (02:40)

05 - Indi Mewmi (06:22)

06 - Yaré Rirewé Bakora Ndoye (01:11)

07 - Ngor Diouf Né Du Wallé (04:09)

08 - Sam Sa Nga Mboro (06:43)

09 - Wali Namalé (03:42)

10 - Sango Mara Riré (04:58)
Total length: 43:13


Bandcamp
Video clips

KEXP live videos
Teaser live extracts

Live  @ Trans-Musicales, Rennes (F)
   He Yay Naline
   Ngor Diouf Ya Demon

Smartphones @ Le Guess Who? (NL)
Live in Ndar

Raw footages (extracts from rituals in Senegal)

Film

Lyrics
Epk (including images)

Pics

Riders (technical & hospitality)

Press cuts

Workshops 

Facebook
Instagram
Spotify

Newsletter

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Contacts :

   Ndox Electrique : François R. Cambuzat,

   Booking :

- Wax Booking (F), Sylvain Dartoy: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland (French speaking), Spain, Portugal.

- Crossover Frequencies (DK), Marisa Segala: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway.

- Charmworks (UK/TR), Nick Hobbs & Misha Geleyn: United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland (German & Italian speaking), Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Greece, Middle East, North Africa.


Ndox Electrique collective :

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  Ndeye Coumba Mbaye Kebe : vocal

  Oumar Ngom : nder, mbëng-mbëng, thiol, tama & choir

  Mouhamet "Sangue" Sambe : nder, mbëng-mbëng, thiol, tama & choir

  Mamadou "Pape" Ngom : nder, mbëng-mbëng, thiol, tama & choir

  Maimouna Diao : choir & dance

  Ismaïla Sall : vocal & sabars

  Cheikh Ma Djimbira "N'digueul" Ndiaye : nder, mbëng-mbëng, thiol, tama & choir

  Aida Touré : sabar & choir

  Awa Mbodji : vocal

  Rokhaya “Madame” Diène : vocal
  Adjaratou "Oumou" Diène : choir

  Mar Faye : mbëng-mbëng
  Ndiaga Mboup : tunguné & tama
  Abdou Seck : thiol & talmbath 

  Gianna Greco : bass, choir, computer & videos

  François R. Cambuzat : guitars, choir, computer & videos

  Sound-engineer (live): Alessandro Maffei


Choir of the “Fanal de la langue de Barbarie”:
  Rokhaya Mbaye

  Gamou Dieng

  Fatou Aladji Mbaye

Ousmane Ba: Fulani flute tambing.

Abdoulaye Ndiaye “Pape Laye”: n’döepkat  & spiritual guidance, master healer and guardian of the temple of Rufisque.

 

All musicians & singers are contemporary based in Senegal & in France.

Recorded by Moussa Niang, François R. Cambuzat & Gianna Greco at Institut français de Saint-Louis du Sénégal, november 2020.
Mixed by François R. Cambuzat on the banks of the Senegal river, January 2021.

Mastering : Gregor Zemljic, Ljubljana, SLO

Video editing : Carlo Mazzotta, Copertino, I


Ethics & politics guidance : Victor Faye

Sound engineer : Moussa Niang

Opening of the doors of N’döep : Adama Samba Diop

Fonio, niébé, ceebu jën and a thousand others : Maryème Soda, Chez Dasso, Ndar


Special thanks to Marc Monsallier. Charm, love, respect & modern spirituality.

Gianna Greco & François R. Cambuzat play on guitars specially built for far-away journeys by Mattia Maglio.

 

Some early N’döep field-recordings from our archives:
- morning ritual in Guereo,

- N’döep songs in Bargny.

 

Photos: Massow Ka & Renaud de Foville. 


Laureate of the “Villa Saint-Louis Ndar” residency program.
With the support of the French Institute of Saint-Louis in Senegal.

In Senegal, there is a traditional healing ceremony called n'döep. It is an adorcist ritual that treats depression. N'döep is primarily connected to the sea. It is also intensely musical and movement-based. A treated person will first see their senses overwhelmed by the immediate proximity of certain animals, buried with them under canvases, surrounded by drums (sabars) intensely played around them. The canvases will then be removed and the patient will dance and dancing at this point can be openly observed by community members. The person being treated will then interact ritually with certain spirits, certain animals because unhappiness or depression is considered to be a spirit which penetrates the sick person. The person will then sing and dance to ask these spirits to leave them, thus affirming that they will not forget them but will honor these spirits. Finally the community will dance together.


More about the n'döep:
- Treating the Spirit: An Ethnographic Portrait of Senegalese Animist Mental Health Practices and Practitioners in Dakar and the Surrounding Area - Caitlin McKinley

- Le N'döep - Transe thérapeutique chez les Lébous du Sénégal - Omar Ndoye



Pictures from the N'döep in Senegal
François R. Cambuzat & Gianna Greco - Archives


Pape Laye, master healer and guardian of the temple of Rufisque

François R. Cambuzat & Gianna Greco


Trans-Aeolian Transmission


 

Research & creation supported by the Villa Saint-Louis Ndar and the French Institute in Senegal.