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Dakar by Way of Chicago: omar pene & yassa

This Saturday, Senegal’s Omar Pene is in Chicago performing at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln).  A former member of Super Diamono, a 70s Senegalese band that addressed social issues with funk, he is now solo… and in fine form.  His voice has been described as both muscular and “islamic”, and the concert promises to be a treat.

Opening act is yours truly, DJ Ayana.

Omar Pene at Martyrs (presented by portoluz)

When: Sat., March 20, 9 p.m. at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Phone: 773-404-9494 or 800-594-8499
Price: $25

To get you in the mood, visit Yassa: savory Sengalese food here in Chicago.  African flavors with an emphasis on sauces, seafood, lamb, rice, and cues taken from Islamic and French cuisine, Senagalese food is DOPE!  Try the freshly made juice – any of them (they have tamarind, sorrel, ginger and baobab)- or the Dibi Lamb (grilled lamb chops) which comes with red rice.  The plantains are delicious, as is the Yassa Fish.

The spot is BYOB,  and personally, I’d bring Malta India or a spicy ginger beer, but if you must have an alcoholic beverage, try a stout beer.

Yassa:
716 E 79th St
(between Evans Ave & Langley Ave)
Chicago, IL 60619

(773) 488-5599

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