Senegal is well-known for its West African storytelling tradition, which is carried out by griots, who have used words and music to keep West African history alive for thousands of years. Years of training and apprenticeship in genealogy, history, and music are required for the griot vocation, which is handed down from generation to generation. Generations of West African culture have a voice thanks to griots.
The African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, which was completed in 2010, is Africa’s highest monument. Recidak, a film festival, is held in Dakar.
Fish is extremely significant in Senegal since it borders the Atlantic Ocean. Senegalese cuisine also includes chicken, lamb, peas, eggs, and beef, but not pig, owing to the country’s mostly Muslim population. Many dishes use peanuts, Senegal’s main crop, as well as couscous, white rice, sweet potatoes, lentils, black-eyed peas, and other vegetables. Meats and vegetables are usually stewed or marinated in herbs and spices before being served over rice, couscous, or bread.
Bissap, ginger, buy (pronounced ‘buoy,’ which is the fruit of the baobab tree, often known as “monkey bread fruit”), mango, and other fruits or wild trees are used to make popular fresh juices (most famously soursop, which is called corossol in French). Desserts are rich and sweet, blending local ingredients with the extravagance and elegance associated with the French influence on Senegal’s culinary practices. They’re often served with fresh fruit and are usually followed by a cup of coffee or tea.
Due to the prominence of mbalax, which evolved from the Serer percussive tradition, particularly the Njuup, and has been popularized by Youssou N’Dour and others, Senegal is renowned across Africa for its musical history. Sabardrumming is particularly well-liked. The sabar is mostly utilized for important occasions such as weddings. The tama is a different instrument that is utilized by many ethnic groups. Ismael Lô, Cheikh Lô, Orchestra Baobab, Baaba Maal, AkonThione Seck, Viviane, Titi, and Pape Diouf are more internationally renowned Senegalese artists.
In principle, hospitality is valued so highly in Senegalese society that it is generally seen as a component of the country’s identity. The Wolof term “teranga” means “hospitality,” and it is so closely associated with Senegal’s pride that the national football club is known as the Lions of Teranga.
Wrestling is the most popular sport in Senegal, and it has turned into a national obsession. It is the only sport acknowledged as having evolved outside of Western culture, and it has historically helped many young men overcome poverty.
In Senegal, football is a popular sport. The squad placed second in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2002 and went on to become one of only three African teams to ever reach the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, beating holders France in their first game. El-Hadji Diouf, Papa Bouba Diop, Khalilou Fadiga, and Henri Camara, all of whom played in Europe, were members of this squad.
In Senegal, basketball is also a popular sport. The country has long been regarded as one of Africa’s most powerful basketball nations. At the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the men’s team outperformed every other African country, making the playoffs for the first time. At 20 African Championships, the women’s team won 19 medals, more than twice as much as any other rival.