Vancouver Sabar Ensemble
- Jack studied with Master Drummer Dou Dou N'diaye Rose and his family in Dakar Senegal. He formed The Vancouver Sabar Ensemble to share with audiences the powerful and explosive sounds and rhythms of Sabar drumming.
- The Sabar drums originally come from the north-west, the homeland of the Serer and Wolof people and they are the instruments most closely associated with the identity of Senegal. In traditional settings, each rhythm has a particular meaning, and forms the backbone for the music used in naming welcoming and wedding ceremonies. Sabar also plays a big role in creating a powerful atmosphere at Laam the Senegalese wrestling matches which can attract thousands of people at open air stadium events. During all this activity of dancing and wrestling, Sabar drummers alternate between hitting the drums with a flexible stick of acacia wood and their own bare hands at incredible speeds. In the villages, Sabar drumming was predominantly an accompaniment to spiritual njuup singing. Njuup is a part of ndut, the Serer rite of passage circumcision festivities, where boys awaiting their big moment are encouraged to compose bjuup songs to take their minds off what is about to happen.