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Moussa Tine

When still a young boy and in need of work, Moussa Tine came to Dakar, Senegal’s largest city. He found a job taking tickets on the small public mini-vans that serve as Dakar’s public transportation. These mini-vans, or car rapides, are often decorated, and Moussa Tine began painting scenes from the life of Amadu Bamba inside the mini-vans. People liked his work and he was paid to paint the outsides of the car rapides. His paintings—of eagles, flowers, eyes, etc.—were often copied. Many car rapides go by with an image of his first disciple, Ibra "Lamp" Fall stretched in a running position, his dreads flowing behind him. Today Moussa Tine is a popular artist and his work is seen in shows in many parts of the world. Often he uses recycled materials in his work, sometimes plywood but more often metal, especially parts of automobile mufflers. Usually Tine’s paintings call attention to the Baye Falls, whose devotion to hard work and long suffering is recalled in the paintings. The Baye Falls are easily recognized by their dreadlocks and cloth patchwork tunics, rendered in small pieces of metalby this artist.

Moussa Tine
Untitled collage. This collage has figures made from recycled metal. The figures represent followers of Sheikh Ibra "Lamp" Fall, and the rectangular metal pieces represent the colorful patchwork tunics they wear. Baye Falls, as these followers are known, are known for their hard work, both for their spiritual leaders and their families. Were you to represent the patchwork dress of Baye Falls, what media would you choose? Are there organizations or special individuals in your community who are known for their good deeds? Are they distinguished by their dress or behavior, or some kind of special insignia?

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