Performing Arts in Dakar

Institut Français Léopold Sédar Senghor

This spacious arts centre, occupying a whole city block, is one of the main hubs of cultural activity in Dakar. It features an open-air stage (a fantastic place to catch a live-music gig), a good cafe, and exhibitio…
Live Music in Dakar

Just 4 U

If you only have time for one live music venue, don't miss Just 4 U. The small stage of this outdoor restaurant has been graced by the greatest Senegalese and international stars, from jazz to rap to folk and reggae…
Swanky in Saint-Louis

La Chaumière

In Guet N'Dar, this is the nightclub that attracts the most stylish local crowd. It's a place where you'll see more sweat and less make-up. Admission varies.
Live Music in Dakar

Le Balajo

Excellent bar and venue for live music with mainly African bands.
Blues in Dakar


This cosy jazz club always impresses with good bands in a relaxed atmosphere.
Club in Ziguinchor

Le Rubis

Under new ownership, this place had turned itself into Ziguinchor's most fashionable dance floor when we visited, with salsa on Fridays and a global punch of hip-hop, R&B, mbalax (a mixture of Cuban beats and tr…
Arts Centre in Saint-Louis

Quai des Arts

The biggest concerts in town (including the main acts of the jazz festival) happen at the vast Quai des Arts.