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Daara J (which means "School of Life" in
Wolofa>) are a
that consists of N'Dongo D, Aladji Man, and Faada Freddy. Their music takes
Afro-Cuban rhythms, and
reggae and is performed in English, French, Spanish, and Wolof.
Daara J was formed in 1997 and quickly became popular in
Senegal from the release of their first cassette album, Daara J. They
followed in 1999 with a more politically themed recording, Xalima, which
integrated numerous musical ideas and instruments from Senegal and other African
countries. 2003's Boomerang was critically acclaimed and furthered the
combination of various musical and lyrical influences of the previous two
Activism has also been an important aspect of the group's philosophy since
it was founded.