Music Department



Patricia Tang and Lamine Touré, Directors

Rambax MIT is an ensemble dedicated to learning the art of sabar, a vibrant drum and dance tradition of the Wolof people of Senegal, West Africa. (The name "rambax" – pronounced "rahm-bach" – is a vocal mnemonic for a signature sabar rhythm.) In Senegal, sabars are played exclusively by griots, a caste of hereditary musicians. Sabar drum troupes perform at a variety of events, from neighborhood dance parties to baptisms, weddings, and wrestling matches.

The sabar ensemble consists of numerous parts that come together to create complex polyrhythms. The accompaniment parts include the mbalax (basic accompaniment), tungune (played on the smallest drum), tulli, and talmbat (two bass drum parts). These accompaniments create the fabric upon which the lead drummer solos and the rest of the ensemble plays rhythms. The sabar repertory includes standard dance rhythms as well as bakks, musical phrases which are composed by griots and passed down from one generation to the next.

Rambax is co-directed by Senegalese master drummer Lamine Touré.  Amadou Lamine Touré comes from a long line of griots, a caste of musicians and oral historians among the Wolof people of Senegal.

Rehearsals are Mondays 7:30-9:30 pm in the Endicott World Music Room, 265 Mass. Avenue. All interested in auditioning must attend the first meeting (first Monday after Registration day). For more information, please contact


Rambax MIT, Lamine Touré and Patricia Tang, Directors
Senegalese drumming ensemble


Rambax MIT


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What I like best about and the world music offerings at MIT is the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the culture you are learning about.”

Dorian Dargan ’11
Rambax member