The Balanta kusunde is an ancenstor of the modern banjo. In the 1980s, musical genres like kussundé (based on the music & dancing traditionally associated the kusunde) began to become popular across the country, led by Kaba Mané, whose Chefo Mae Mae added an electric guitar & used Balanta lyrics. Kaba Mane began as a kora player. He then applied his musical skills to the guitar. This music features interesting percussion.
The dynamic rhythm & style are Mane's own creation. It starts off as traditional kussundé rhythm then turns into a soukous-styled sound. On Chefo Mae Mae, the band are: Kaba Mane – vocals & rhythm guitar; Joanito – lead guitar; Salvador Emballo – second guitar; Paul Centeio – rhythm guitar; Braima Touré – bass; Charly Bokher & Yerahim Hosso – saxophones; Fredo – trumpet; Jean Marie Bolangassa – percussion; & Boffi Banengola – drums; with Tuti Carvalo, Aguibo Barry, Marie Evelyne Gillet, Tchando, & Ansumane Mane – backing vocals. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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