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Music of Guinea: the serie

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Music of Guinea: music of the coast and Fouta-Djalon ep.1/2

The Repub­lic of Guinea is priv­i­leged by its geo­graph­i­cal , human and cul­tural diver­sity. This coun­try alone is capa­ble of offer­ing the orig­i­nal cha­ras­ter­is­tics of numer­ous African musi­cal cul­tures. The jour­ney begins in Conakry with Soloists and Sous­sou orches­tras, and con­tin­ues north along the coast with its land­scape of coco-palms and man­groves. The pop­u­la­tion of Baga and Lan­douma bring out their masks to the rhythm of the sea­sons and agri­cul­tural work . In the Tenda region, var­i­ous groups such as the Cog­nagui in the plains, and the Bas­sari in the hills, pre­pare real musi­cal the­atres to cel­e­brate the ini­ti­a­tion of their chil­dren . Finally, the coun­ter­forts of Fouta-Djalon: this is the coun­try of the seden­tary Peuls. Here the alti­tude reminds us of Euro­pean scenery. The gri­ots are priv­i­leged singers and are par­tic­u­larly fond of flutes, as well as instru­ments made of skin-covered cal­abashes fit­ted with strings.


Music of Guinea: music of the for­est and upper Guinea ep.2/2

The town of Niani was sit­u­ated upon the ter­ri­tory of the actual Guinean Repub­lic, and was for a long time the cap­i­tal of the Mandingue Empire.The griot fam­i­lies of which the Kouy­ate and the Kante have watched over the musi­cal tra­di­tions of their ances­tors jeal­ously. Today they still sing about the period of the Empire. The Sos­sobala, the gen­vine bal­a­fon of the Soumaoro Emperor (Thir­teenth cen­tury) was revealed for the first time by the Doyen of the gri­ots of Nyagassola.Upper Guinea offers its rus­tic musi­cal cul­ture. It is proud of its his­tory, and vocal expres­sion remains the pre­dom­i­nant part of it. Finally, the for­est which has remained apart from Islam , reveals its seden­tary negro cul­tures . It is the meet­ing of dig­i­tal sound and very ancient gen­uine music which has been mirac­u­lously pre­served from the action of “promoters”.

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