Senegalese front-man D'bey began his music career in a rap group called Nice Tek. Having a large skill set in the field of music, he found himself a cut above average by the age of fifteen. Building on his classical training and his natural talent, he began to experiment with making afrobeat music. Thanks to exposure to the Nigerian afrobeat style, El Hadj Baidy AKA D'bey quickly became established in the larger musical community. Drawing on his Senegalese roots and feeding them into the genre of Nigerian style afrobeat, bringing his vocal talent along for the ride, D'bey now creates his own culturally significant and internationally played music.
Hakuna Matata is the new single. Released earlier this year, it's already getting picked up by fans around the globe. Self made and inspired by the wider world that surrounds him, it's amazing how far this young man has climbed. It begins with a catchy rhythm that asks to be danced to. Effected vocals surf across the off beat in rhythmic and melodic short bursts of phrasing. The percussive element of the entire piece works to produce one amazing tempo that's filled with expression and an addictive flow. Continual singing over a flowing up and down of the score allows the progression to adopt a tidal quality. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Check out Hakuna Matata by D'bey on Youtube.