Takeifa - African Café
The Senegalese band Takeifa is composed of five siblings from the town of Kaolack in southern Senegal. As a young boy, one of the members asked his parents for a guitar and was given one with no strings…so he made his own with bicycle brake cables. His sister, Maah, was born with albinism, which not only makes her stand out visually, but also rendered her nearly blind. That did not keep her from mastering the bass, and she became one of the few professional female bass guitarists in western Africa. Growing up in a globalized continent, the Keïta siblings who
formed Takeifa were exposed to hip-hop, rock, reggae and other foreign styles, which they mixed in with local flavors.
After moving to Dakar in 2006, Takeifa developed a strong local following and released their first internationally distributed album, Gass Giss, in 2017. While some of their songs have a hard-edged rock vibe, they also recorded several more subdued numbers, including “Yeke Yeke.” Not to be confused with the international hit of the same name by Mory Kanté, Takeifa’s “Yeke Yeke” is an acoustic song about young love.