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Mandinka and Fulani Music of the Gambia

Mandinka and Fulani Music of the Gambia

Mandinka and Fulani Music of the Gambia


This was recorded by Billy Youdelman on April 15th & 16th 1990 in Birkama, the Gambia. Co-produced by bassist Bill Laswell & Gambian griot Foday Musa Suso, this album delves into the West African roots that inspired their fusionary Mandingo project. Ancient Heart features recordings of both of the Gambia's two major ethnic groups, the Mandinka & Fulani. But while the 11 songs are true to tradition, the approach is varied from the norm by recording the musicians in ensembles rather than the usual solo setting. Read more on Last.fm
This was recorded by Billy Youdelman on April 15th & 16th 1990 in Birkama, the Gambia. Co-produced by bassist Bill Laswell & Gambian griot Foday Musa Suso, this album delves into the West African roots that inspired their fusionary Mandingo project. Ancient Heart features recordings of both of the Gambia's two major ethnic groups, the Mandinka & Fulani. But while the 11 songs are true to tradition, the approach is varied from the norm by recording the musicians in ensembles rather than the usual solo setting.

This ensemble playing tends to raise the entire level on this extremely uplifting album, featuring some truly amazing musicianship. All the information you might enjoy about the Mandinka & Fulani tribes, music, & musicians are on the cd insert, & song information is on the back, both of which are included in the sample, for those seriously interested. Other than that… This is griot music like featured in Mauritania as performed by Malouma. But this griot, while steeped in the same musical traditions, has the different flavor of the different groups. The Mandinka tracks are mostly kora & some balafon, beautiful & transporting.

The Fulani tracks are mid to fast tempo, thick with percussion, featuring some raw fiddling & singing. All in all, some most spiritual musick. 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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