Baay Sooley (1973) is one of the best-known hip hop dancers in Senegal.
He grew up surrounded by dance due to his father who was working at the famous Sorano Theatre in Dakar. At a very early age he did his first dancing performances with his elder brother. When hip hop came to Dakar, Baay Sooley became the official dancer of the famous group PBS (Positive Black Soul). After splitting up in 2001, he integrated in the new group PBS Radikal founded by Didier Awadi.
To the surprise of many, Baay Sooley showed to be a multi disciplined artists and entrepreneur. He released his debut solo album ‘Ndol’ in 2004, bringing a fusion of hip hop, reggae, ragga, and dancehall to the stage, not as a dancer, but as an MC. In 2005 he released the choreography of the first ever hip hop musical comedy ‘The Extraordinary Stories of the Poto-Poto Children’ performed by AURA (United Artists for African Rap) with whom he has been touring West Africa. And in 2008 launched his own street wear brand ‘Bull Doff’ with which he is dressing many artists in the Senegalese hip hop scene.
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