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We were very sad to hear of the death of Doudou N'Diaye Rose last week, aged 85.
The Senegalese master drummer and band leader, who was named a "living human treasure" by Unesco, became an emissary of his native culture's joyous rhythms, touring with percussion orchestras in Europe, Asia and the United States.
He first caught the wider world's attention when, in 1959, US singer and dancer Josephine Baker invited N'diaye to perform with her shortly before Senegalese independence. He has since collaborated with musicians including Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones and Peter Gabriel.
"Doudou was an extraordinary musician and a delight to work with. He always struck me as a Yoda type of figure who's magic powers extended deep into the rhythmic arts. He would appear in various incarnations, in different family groupings, turning wonderful, complex rhythms into beautiful compositions.
"My favourite Doudou moment was seeing him perched at the top of a pyramid of Senegalese drummers in his dinner jacket, as part of Jean-Paul Goude's Bicentenaire celebration along the Champs Elysees, mustering all the pride and passion that he would always deliver." Peter Gabriel