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African Salsa Legend Laba Sosseh Dies in Senegal

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Laba Badara Sosseh, the renowned vocalist of Senegalese and Gambian salsa, passed away on Thursday September 20, 2007 at around 3 a.m local time after a long illness. He is survived by 27 children.
 
 "This monument of African music was amongst the first Africans to make an incursion into the international stage," said Gambian newspaper The Point.
 
 Born in The Gambia on March 12, 1943, Laba Sosseh was half Senegalese, half Gambian. Laba’s father was from Senegal and his mother is Gambian. Although he is frequently categorized as Senegalese, Laba grew up in Banjul (The Gambia), listening to Cuban music and Johnny Pacheco, who was one of his stars. Laba moved to Senegal in the 1960s and in 1962 he and Nigerian sax player Dexter Johnson, formed pioneering sals...
Read more at: World Music Central Laba Badara Sosseh, the renowned vocalist of Senegalese and Gambian salsa, passed away on Thursday September 20, 2007 at around 3 a.m local time after a long illness. He is survived by 27 children.
 
 "This monument of African music was amongst the first Africans to make an incursion into the international stage," said Gambian newspaper The Point.
 
 Born in The Gambia on March 12, 1943, Laba Sosseh was half Senegalese, half Gambian. Laba’s father was from Senegal and his mother is Gambian. Although he is frequently categorized as Senegalese, Laba grew up in Banjul (The Gambia), listening to Cuban music and Johnny Pacheco, who was one of his stars. Laba moved to Senegal in the 1960s and in 1962 he and Nigerian sax player Dexter Johnson, formed pioneering sals...
Read more at: World Music Central