Sabar is a Senegalese dance rhythm and drum, to communicate and celebrate for example the birth of a child. Sabar parties happen on the street and in houses or venues. Young and old people enter the circle to dance and express freely. Specific rhythms go together with specific movements. The Sabar drummers always follow the dancer. Sabar is danced in a wider West-African area and there are weekly classes in USA and all over Europe. Dancers embrace this energetic and creative dance form with great enthusiasm.
Nowadays the traditional is very alive and renewing itself constantly in new Sabar moves, musical phrases and choreographies. Facebook has a daily digest of amateurfilms of new choreo’s, as all dancers know how to share their dancing and style. Whereas previously it was mainly danced by woman and drummed by men, this is now shifting. Men come to dance often and there are female lead drummers also. Youssou N’dour (king of Africa) has popularised Sabar also by inventing a popular musical genre, with guitar, wind instruments and drums, called Mbalax.