Senegal's 'human treasure' drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose dies aged 85

Senegalese drum master Doudou Ndiaye Rose holds a stick as he plays the traditional Sabar drums in Dakar on October 14, 2010Senegal’s master drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose, who collaborated with Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones and was considered a “living human treasure” for keeping his country’s traditional rhythms alive, died Wednesday aged 85, his nephew told AFP. “Today we lost our father, our friend, a great man,” said Doudou Ndiaye Mbengue. The Association for the Cultural Press said the artist, whose real name was Mamadou Ndiaye, died in a Dakar hospital after being taken ill on Wednesday morning.

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