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BYE FALL

Senegal’s Baye Fall are Muslims of the Sufi branch, much more moderate than others of Islam. For them work is sacred and they are usually craftsmen or high level musicians, especially in percussion and singing. 

They are forbidden to cut their hair, hence their dreads resemble Rastafarians, from who they have been strongly influenced. For example the rejection of material wealth, refusal to trade, the prohibition of eating meat, pacifism and the apology of their African roots

They are also united by the use of music as a means of approaching God, something typical also of the Sufi tradition. The Baye Fall gather on the island of Ngor to play their drums, singing and dancing in honour of Allah.