If you are ever in Senegal, you must go to Dakar for nightlife entertainment. Senegal's capital, Dakar is located in the most western point of the African continent. You will find some of the best nightlife in West Africa with the liveliest nightclubs and disco spots that start jumping at eleven o’clock at night until the wee hours in the morning. Many bars, dining establishments, movie houses and clubs are located all around Dakar. Some of the most sought after night clubs and tourist hot spots can be found in Dakar.
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When in Dakar, you are sure to hear the sounds of country’s famous local modern music known as mbalax . The national popular dance music of Senegal and also The Gambia, Mbalax is a fusion of popular jazz, soul, and rock of Western music and dance mixed with some Latin and blended with sabar, the traditional drumming and dance music of Senegal. While in Dakar join in the dance groove and experience Mbalax dancing which is pretty easy to learn. Mbalax dance is everywhere in Dakar from the nightclubs to social gathering, to birthdays and weddings and even in religious ceremonies.
One place to go where you will definitely see people dancing the mbalax is Alexandra, a nightspot located at Rue Wagane Diouf located within the city. Another exciting night spot in Dakar is Dolce Vita, at Boulevard de la République Dakar. Or you can check out the Mandingo, in the heart of Teranga Dakar, where you can party West African-style all night. The Play Club, located in the Hotel Alafifa at Rue Jules Ferry Dakar is for adventure seekers and lots of tourist hang out here.
International music fans should check out the very popular club, La Médina, north of Marché Sandaga, where there are always crowds of people having fun. It's owned by the legendary Youssou N'Dour, a famous West African musician and you may get a chance to see him perform. When he is not on tour, he is usually there on Friday and Saturday nights.
Aside from the club scene, you can check out other social happenings like concerts and the cultural arts. There is the Ponty in French Cultural Center, a famous venue where events go on all year. The Chateau De La Mer, is a venue that caters to those with special taste of French culture. Kadjinol Station is a lounge bar with a global-food restaurant where you can see free films with the purchase of meals and drinks. They show some of the most interesting film with a focus on world cinema, Hollywood classics and recent hits. There is also the Théâtre Daniel Sorano, Dakar's signature theatre, where the Ensemble Instrumental, the Ballet National du Sénégal and the Théâtre National du Sénégal often perform.
When I visited Dakar, I got to hang out at the Terrou-Bi because that is where my hotel was. It is a great place to stay, just five minutes from the heart of downtown Dakar. A four-star hotel with 112 rooms, amenities include a private beach, swimming pool, casino, marina, three restaurants, two bars and several lounges. They also have a disco here where I got in a little dancing. I still went out on the town to an outdoor night club called Just4You, a popular entertainment venue where the food is very tasty. I even got to see a live performance by KKTAR, a popular local band that played rhythmic, yet soothing, African sounds. I guarantee that whatever you do in Dakar at night, you are sure to have loads of fun and experience great entertainment!
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