An associate of Youssou N’Dour’s music group because the mid-’70s, Assane Thiam is among the foremost masters from the tama (speaking drum), having a status for abilities on his device comparable to those of Jimi Hendrix on your guitar. Thiam performed an important part in the first advancement of Senegal’s pop-like mbalax music, developing Etoile De Dakar, with percussionist Babacar Faye, in 1975. Using the appearance of N’Dour 2 yrs later on, the group was re-christened Super Etoile De Dakar. Furthermore to his use N’Dour, Thiam lent his melodic tama playing to albums by Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, and Harry Belafone. By himself, he’s continuing to explore traditional Wolof chanting. Regarding his sibling, Yamar Thiam, a favorite session participant in Finland, Thiam shaped an 18 piece ensemble of tama players and dancers.