Performing Realization The Sufi Music Videos of the Taalibe Baye of Dakar – Oludamini Ogunnaike


“In this paper, I will analyze two of the most popular of these Sui music videos, “Delül Ci Yalla” by Aïda Faye and “Baye Your Side” by Maxi Krezy featuring Fadda Freddy and N dongo D,examining the various discursive and nondiscursive strategies they employ to express and perform the inefable experiences of spiritual realization and sanctity. As in most Sui texts, the lyrics of both songs are studded with dense allusions to the Qur’an, ḥadīth, classical Sui poetry, and Sui doctrines and symbols.
However, perhaps even more interesting are the visual symbols these videos employ to allude to, embody, and perform these ideas, practices, and experiences. For example, in Aïda Faye’s video, she actually “performs”………..