Curious about the world and the artistic innovations it reveals, mobilized to blast the walls and boundaries pitted within music by the business, Ibaaku is one of these millenials who form the avant-garde of contemporary creativity on the African continent.
Ibaaku, the latest of a string of names he has given himself, is an artist on the move, ethereal, propelled by an eclectic and insatiable appetite for sound.
His creative path started early on in Thiès, where playing keys and clarinet gradually carried him into various genres through which he meandered, hip hop, soul, jazz, folk. Always momentarily, always on their fringes.
His music owes to Dakar’s buzzing and sprawling urbanism, home to his recording studio, as much as it does to Casamance’s green stretches and to Sardinia’s rugged landscapes, where he likes to retreat, getting lost to better find himself.
Since the end of the 1990s, he has produced records for artists and released two albums with his successive groups, making him a pivotal figure in the hip hop scene. He wanders inside as an eccentric insider, a b-boy freed from the codes, attitudes and requisite forms.
Because he is a stranger to contemporary out-and-out advertisement culture, he remains a confidential artist, busier crafting than promoting. His artistic integrity, his freedom of movement remain unaltered, and are manifested in the multifaceted work he continues to build with his group I-Science, his personal compositions or his collaboration with fashion designer Selly Raby Kane.
Ibaaku‘s new album will be released in Fall 2016
«Senegalese producer Ibaaku’s “Djula Dance” is a prime example of Afrofuturism as it stands today: an eclectic, electronic opus to a fantasy alien attack.» THE FADER
«The 11-songs on the Dakar-based artist’s upcoming release through Akwaaba Music play like a haywire crossing of distorted bass, thumping hip-hop inspired breakbeats and Senegalese samples. It’s a sound that’s at the same time dizzying and completely hypnotizing. » OKAYAFRICA
«There’s a lot of electronic music coming of Africa these days, and none of it sounding quite like anything else. But a little over 6,000 miles from Capetown to the Senegal capital of Dakar, a producer named Ibaaku is turning heads with a West African variant of Afrofuturism. » THUMP.VICE
«Alien Cartoon album is the mirror of Afrofuturism today, the title itself “Alien + Cartoon” remits me for the speculative imagination that most African culture should be seen by the other, the false idealization of a proper place, a proper behaviour, a proper interpretation that leads to grotesque conceptions as a response to established clichés of race, corporeality and gender. New questions addressed to the ever mutating Afrofuturism connotation that is shaping the work of contemporary artists like Ibaaku, carrier of unparalleled artistic path that start taking form when playing keys and clarinet that slowly brought him into various genres like Hip Hop, Souk, Jazz and Folk. » LACROIXX
«His kick-off single and video “Djula Dance” captures the essence of this dude’s weird like no other. Avant-garde dancing on the moon? Not something you see every day. His dreads tied up into antennas kind of makes sense once you hear it. » THE CULTURE TRIP
«Its success led to the emergence of a new kind of music in Senegal, a wave set to rival variations of electronic music all over the world. We sat down with the creator multidisciplinary artist Stephen “Ibaaku” Bassene after an ethereal performance at the What Design Can Do conference in Amsterdam on 1 July. » DESIGN INDABA
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