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In 2015 the great Senegalese master drummer Doudou N’Diaye Rose died in Dakar, Senegal not long after celebrating his 85th birthday. He had been born into the griot, or storyteller, caste and as a consequence, he chose the path of a percussionist/composer/band leader and in turn he himself sired an entire generation of musicians. Of his over 50 children, I have had the honour and pleasure of working with more than half of them on various exciting projects both in Australia and abroad.

On learning of Doudou’s demise, I was moved to compose a tribute to this dynamic, engaging and irresistible human being, somebody who had brought so much joy and inspiration to the world.

Dervish was commissioned by Michael Duke and David Howie and it is a testament to their virtuosity and inspired musicianship.

from notes by Gerard Brophy © 2021


Australian Thais
Studio Master: SIGCD685Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD685 [7'05] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD685 track 4

Recording date
28 February 2018
Recording venue
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia
Recording producer
Michael Duke & David Howie
Recording engineer
David Kim-Boyle
Hyperion usage
  1. Australian Thais (SIGCD685)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: July 2021
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