Latyr Sy

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Latyr Sy
Latyr Sy in 2008
Background information
Born (1972-09-12) September 12, 1972 (age 45)
Origin Gorée, Dakar, Senegal
Occupation(s) Singer, percussionist
Years active 1990s–present

Latyr Sy is a Senegalese singer and percussionist based in Tokyo.


Latyr Sy was born in Gorée, Dakar on September 12, 1972. He moved to Japan in 1995 and in 1996 organized his own percussion group, AFRICA SUNU XELCOM. He is now based in Tokyo.

Life and work[edit]

Latyr Sy collaborates with many artists, and genres like jazz, Latin, rock and traditional music, such as Leyona, Aya Nakano and Inushiki. And collaborates with artists from other countries: Mamady Keita (percussion, Guinea), Okura Shonosuke (drumming from Japanese lyrical Noh drama), Senba Kiyohiko (percussion Japan), Sato Masahiko (jazz piano, Japan), Kim Defang (percussion, Korea), Rico Rodriguez (trombone, Jamaica), Kansane (vocalist, Korea), Leyona (vocalist, Japan) and many others.

Latyr Sy hosts African percussion workshops around Japan, in Tokyo, Nagoya and other cities. Also at elementary and junior high schools throughout Japan to introduce African music and culture. Latyr Sy is fluent in five languages: Japanese, French, Spanish, English and native Senegalese Wolof language.


with Flying Rhythms
  • Flying Rhythms (2004)
  • Doragon Balls (2004)
  • N'DANKA N'DANKA (2005)
  • Rhythm Connection (2005)
  • Do The Waves (2006)
  • Specialoose Fly (2006)
with Rourou
  • Lotus Lotus Lotus (2004)
with Leyona
  • Rainy Blue (2006)
with The Tchiky's


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