Biggest Stars

Ferre Gola
Ferre Gola
CODSoukous

Ferre Gola

CODAfricanSoukous
Youssou N'Dour
Youssou N'Dour
SENMbalax

Youssou N'Dour

SENAfricanMbalax
Wally Seck
Wally Seck
SENMbalax

Wally Seck

SENAfricanMbalax
Viviane Chidid
Viviane Chidid
SENMbalax

Viviane Chidid

SENAfricanMbalax
Sidiki Diabaté
Sidiki Diabaté
MLIMbalax

Sidiki Diabaté

MLIAfricanMbalax
Abdou Guité Seck
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Abdou Guité Seck
SENAfrobeat
Hot

Abdou Guité Seck

SENAfricanAfrobeat
Queen Biz
Queen Biz
SENMbalax

Queen Biz

SENAfricanMbalax
Pape Diouf
Pape Diouf
SENMbalax

Pape Diouf

SENAfricanMbalax
Sokhou Bb
Sokhou Bb
SENMbalax

Sokhou Bb

SENAfricanMbalax
Jeeba
Jeeba
SENMbalax

Jeeba

SENAfricanMbalax
MAABO
MAABO
SENAfrobeat

MAABO

SENAfricanAfrobeat
DJ SWITCH GHANA
DJ SWITCH GHANA
GHAMbalax

DJ SWITCH GHANA

GHAAfricanMbalax
Bass Thioung
Bass Thioung
SENMbalax

Bass Thioung

SENAfricanMbalax
Cherifou
Cherifou
SENMbalax

Cherifou

SENAfricanMbalax
ADIOUZA
ADIOUZA
SENMbalax

ADIOUZA

SENAfricanMbalax
Iam.Jarrah
Iam.Jarrah
SENMbalax

Iam.Jarrah

SENAfricanMbalax
Coumba Gawlo
Coumba Gawlo
SENMbalax

Coumba Gawlo

SENAfricanMbalax
Demba Guisse
Demba Guisse
SENMbalax

Demba Guisse

SENAfricanMbalax
Titi
Titi
SENMbalax

Titi

SENAfricanMbalax
Admow
Admow
SENMbalax

Admow

SENAfricanMbalax
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Top Artists by Radio Spins Last month

Youssou N'Dour
Youssou N'Dour
SENMbalax

Youssou N'Dour

SENAfricanMbalax
8.5K radio spins
Pape Diouf
Pape Diouf
SENMbalax

Pape Diouf

SENAfricanMbalax
3.2K radio spins
Thione Seck
Thione Seck
SENMbalax

Thione Seck

SENAfricanMbalax
3.1K radio spins
Coumba Gawlo
Coumba Gawlo
SENMbalax

Coumba Gawlo

SENAfricanMbalax
998 radio spins
Assane Ndiaye
Assane Ndiaye
SENMbalax

Assane Ndiaye

SENAfricanMbalax
802 radio spins

Most Streamed Spotify Tracks

Past Month
1
7 Seconds (feat. Neneh Cherry)
7 Seconds (feat. Neneh Cherry)
340.4K streams
2
Balma
Balma
45.3K streams
3
Africa
Africa
29.1K streams
4
I Wanna Be Free
I Wanna Be Free
25.6K streams
5
Fais moi confiance
Fais moi confiance
23.8K streams
6
Waka Waka
Waka Waka
23.1K streams
7
Mon Choix
Mon Choix
21.7K streams
8
Togn Ngama
Togn Ngama
19.7K streams
9
Hey Ya
Hey Ya
19.4K streams
10
Don't Leave Me Alone
Don't Leave Me Alone
19.3K streams
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7 Seconds (feat. Neneh Cherry)

2

Balma

3

Africa

4

I Wanna Be Free

5

Fais moi confiance

6

Waka Waka

7

Mon Choix

8

Togn Ngama

9

Hey Ya

10

Don't Leave Me Alone

Top Spotify Playlists

This Is Youssou N'Dour
This Is Youssou N'Dour
Spotify
8.8K followers
Youssou N'Dour Radio
Youssou N'Dour Radio
Spotify
3.4K followers
This Is Sidiki Diabaté
This Is Sidiki Diabaté
Spotify
3.2K followers
Mbalax ~ Senegal
Mbalax ~ Senegal
1224895297
3.2K followers
youssou ndour
youssou ndour
Louis Wone
2.6K followers
This Is Habib Koité
This Is Habib Koité
Spotify
2.3K followers

Subgenre Popularity

Music stats for top 3,000 artists last month

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      • 22.1K
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      Mbalax artists
      Spotify
      5.6M
      Streams on Spotify
      YouTube
      0
      Views on YouTube
      Radio Airplay
      22.1K
      Radio spins
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      Questions? We have answers

      Overview of Mbalax music

      Mbalax music originated in the 1970s in Senegal, West Africa and quickly became the dominant music genre in the region.

      The music is characterized by its fusion of traditional Sabar drumming with modern Western instruments such as the electric guitar and bass. Mbalax rhythms are complex and polyrhythmic, with a strong emphasis on the bass drum and hi-hat. The lyrics of Mbalax songs often address social and political issues, as well as love and relationships.

      The popularity of Mbalax has spread beyond Senegal and has influenced the music of other African countries, particularly in the West African region. The genre has also been recognized on an international level with several Mbalax artists achieving global fame.

      Despite its modern influences, Mbalax remains deeply rooted in traditional Senegalese culture and continues to be an important part of the country's musical heritage.

      Which musicians and bands defined Mbalax music?

      Prominent musicians associated with Mbalax music include:

      Youssou N'Dour: The "King of African Pop," Youssou N'Dour's soulful voice and fusion of traditional Senegalese music with contemporary sounds have made a significant impact on Kizomba.

      Alioune Mbaye Nder: A prominent Senegalese singer known for his rich vocals and ability to infuse Kizomba with elements of Mbalax, creating heartfelt and rhythmic music.

      Thione Seck: This Senegalese music icon blends traditional West African influences with modern Kizomba, leaving a lasting impression with his distinctive voice and masterful performances.

      Pape Diouf: A Senegalese singer-songwriter who energizes the Kizomba scene with his captivating stage presence and vibrant fusion of Kizomba, Mbalax, and Afrobeat.

      Mbaye Dieye Faye: This Senegalese musician's mastery of traditional percussion instruments adds a rhythmic expertise and cultural expression to the Kizomba sound.

      Their contributions to the genre have helped to establish Mbalax music as an important part of the global music scene.

      Which songs and albums defined Mbalax music?

      Some popular songs and music albums that represent Mbalax music include:

      "7 Seconds" by Youssou N'Dour (Song) - This iconic collaboration with Neneh Cherry showcases Youssou N'Dour's ability to create a global Kizomba anthem with heartfelt lyrics and captivating rhythms.

      "Netali" by Alioune Mbaye Nder (Song) - With its infectious beats and Alioune Mbaye Nder's soulful vocals, "Netali" brings a vibrant Kizomba experience that will get you on your feet.

      "Diofior" by Pape Diouf (Song) - Pape Diouf's "Diofior" is a Kizomba gem that combines his soul-stirring vocals with infectious melodies, creating an irresistible blend of Senegalese Mbalax and Kizomba rhythms.

      "Orientissime" by Thione Seck (Album) - Thione Seck's album "Orientissime" is a captivating journey through the world of Kizomba, featuring his rich vocals and a delightful fusion of traditional Senegalese music with Kizomba rhythms.

      "Songa Ma" by Mbaye Dieye Faye (Album) - Mbaye Dieye Faye's album "Songa Ma" showcases his virtuosity as a percussionist and his contribution to the vibrant Kizomba scene, with captivating rhythms and harmonies that will transport you to a world of musical bliss.

      Which music festivals and events represent Mbalax music?

      Prominent music festivals and events that feature Mbalax music include the Dakar Biennale, which is a contemporary art festival that also showcases music and dance performances.

      Another significant event is the Festival Mondial des Arts Negres, which is held in Dakar and features music, dance, theater, and visual arts from various African countries.

      Additionally, the Festival International de Jazz de Saint Louis regularly feature Mbalax musicians alongside jazz artists from around the world.

      Other notable events include the Fête de la Musique in Dakar, which is a celebration of music held annually on June 21st, and the Grand Bal de Dakar, which is a traditional music and dance festival that takes place every December.