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Guinea: Malinke Rhythms and Songs Vol. 2 – CD – Famoudou Konate


Guinea: Malinke Rhythms and Songs Vol. 2 – CD – Famoudou Konate

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Great follow up CD of the first Guinea: Malinke Rhythms and Songs.

Born and raised in the Hamanah region of Guinea, Konate was recruited by Les Ballets Africains at its inception in 1958. For 26 years, he was first soloist for this world-renowned national ballet before setting out on his own to make a name for himself on the European circuit. Since the mid-eighties, he has been establishing a reputation in Europe as the foremost Mande master drummer. This has contributed greatly to the legitimation of Malinke music as a formal, complex musical tradition by introducing it to the curriculum of Western institutions of higher learning. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary degree by the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Konate’s music is as much story as it is song. As co-producer Nassar Saidani explains in the liner notes: “His music is primarily language. Like a griot making us live out a story with accurate details in his gestures, words and even silences, Famoudou makes his drum talk.” These words come to mind, particularly so on “Borokoni”, where Konate himself speaks while playing the borokoni, or “sorcerer’s harp.” Inasmuch as Konate’s solo techniques can be likened to language, he is not a man of many words. He speaks with clarity, precision, and the power of understatement. The solo phrasing accentuates the melody created by the rest of the ensemble; it does not overwhelm or blur it. His is a subtle song — refined, not flaired. The result is spellbinding.

Track Listing: (1) Konde Diarra, (2) Matadi, (3) Daaba, (4) Bolokonondo II, (5) Gbada Wewe, (6) Wurende, (7) SAA, (8) Wassamba, (9) Diabana, (10) Taama, (11) Lafe, (12) Dan Balake, (13) Unkanou, (14) Dunumgbe

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