That song comes from Guinea.
« Bandian » is a song devoted to Bandian Sidibé. Bandian Sidibé was a great ivory sculptor in Kankan (Guinea), friend of
young people and griots, who died suddenly in 1947.
It is under the influence of Bandian Sidibe in Kankan that the song «Mamaya » has been
promoted. Tradition usually tells that Bandian Sidibe was the creator of that song, but in reality he was only the sponsor and organizer of the Youth Association meeting in Kankan called "Sandiya"
(dance company). The earliest jèlílua jèlí (plural, jèlílu) is a bard, loremaster, and praise-singer in the Manding areas whose functions are
story-telling, speaking about lineages, singing and playing music as he want and hear it... Read more. who adapted it to the kora or balaphon this dance
were « NFa Sidy who would have created it and his son, Sidi Mamady, Sidy Karamo, Sidi Moussa, Janki and Amo were popularized in the 1940s. They symbolized the golden age of traditionalist bands, and
all the folk culture of Kankan. »
source : Lansine KABA, Cheick Mouhammoud Chérif et son temps, Paris, Présence Africaine, 2004.
Nobody knows who was the original composer of « Bandian » but what is certain is that one of the first
griot to interpret this song was
Soundioulou Cissokho, and « Bandian » performed in duet with Mahwa Kouyate, his wife, contributed to their success.
Like «Mamaya » (and the two songs
are very close), « Bandian » is traditionally a quite slow song, that reminds the too early death of Bandian Sidibé.
A song of Balla et ses Balladins had been devoted to him.
Famous performers of « Bandian » :