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Abdou N'DiayeThis song is dedicated to Abdou Ndiaye (1850 ? -1925). Abdou Ndiaye was a Muslim trader, a trader quickly especially in the slave trade, initially installed at Bougouli in the Middle Casamance ; then, he fought local tribes in the Portuguese army as a "regulo" (regular mercenary) and later became a petty king of the Woy area in N'Gabu... Read more. Balla TounkaraBalla Tounkara is a korafolá and a singer, coming from Boudefo, near Kita, - the cradle of greatest griots lines of Mali. Nephew of the famous guitar hero Djelimady Tounkara, grandson of the famous korafolá Batourou Sekou Kouyate, who had been his teacher, Balla exhibits great virtuosity walking on the steps of perfect Manding kora old style... Read more. - MBady Kouyaté
Alfa YayaAlfa Yaya is a panegyric song is devoted to Alfa Yaya Diallo, a famous king of Fula people from Fouta (Guinea) at the end of XIX° century... Read more. (Beh Mankan) Jali Nyama SussoJali Nyama Suso was a very great korafolá who has been world wide famous in the 1970s... Read more.
Allah La Ke« Alla La Ke » is one of the most famous songs of old Manding music tradition. It traces back to Sundjata times and was played on bala and n'koni before being adapted at the kora... Read more. Alhaj Bai KontehAlhaji Bai Konté was a korafolá very famous in Gambia, like Jali Nyama Suso, thus less world popular... Read more. - Batourou Sekou KouyateBatrou Sekou Kouyate was a very great korafolá from Mali. After the independence of Mali (1960), he took part in the foundation of the Instrumental Ensemble of Mali, one of the first African national acoustic band... Read more.
AsumkaThis song is dedicated to Mademba Seye, Fama (king) of Sansanding in 1891... Read more. (Assumba) Batourou Sekou Kouyate
Balakononinfing« Balakononinfing » (The Little Black Bird of the River Banks) is a praising song belonging to the cycle of the Epics of the Manden Hunters... Read more. Salif Keita (Rail Band) - Mory KantéIt is not worth to introduce today anymore Mory Kante, the electric griot, so famous world wide, coming from Guinea. Revealed to the public by its planetary tube... Read more.
Bamba BodianThis song (Bamba Bodian) was composed in honour of Alhaji Bamba Bodian or Ledjè, a wealthy merchant of the XIX century, king of Brikama (Gambia) who was also a generous patron (djatigui) for the griots of Gambia. .. Read more. (Ledjè) Lalo Keba Drame - Dawda Jobarteh
Bani tells about the war leaded by Fula Moslems against the pagan kingdom of N'Kaabu, and more precisely the beginning of this war started at the end of the XIX° century, the so-callled war of Manda... Read more.Bani (Sanou) Soriba Kouyate
Badenya«Badenya» is a call to unity of brothers («Den» : chidren) born of the same mother («Ba» : mother)... Farafina - Kémo Condé
Bakary Djan« Bakary Jan » is the eponymous narrative devoted to a great general of Segou (Mali), named Bakary Sidiki Dangana Koné alias « Jan » (the Great). That epics is deeply linked to the city of Segou, belonging to the epics cycle of Bamabara Empire of Segou such as the epic songs « Duga », « Tutu Diarra », and « Jonkoloni » (Dionkoloni)... Read more. (Juru nani) Bassekou Kouyaté - Fanta Damba (EINM)
Bandian« 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. ... Read more. Balla et ses balladins
BolobaBoloba is a founding song from Manding areas, one of the « the first hymn of the Manding, played in honor of the brave ones, and those who are been gratified to the dignity of chiefs and great hunters » ... Read more. El Hadj Djéli Sory Kouyaté - Lansiné Kouyaté
CheriCheri (Lil Darling) is not, properly talking, a "traditional" or epic song ; but it was rather a popular folksong "in the mood" in Guinea near the 1960s... Read more. Baaba MaalInternationally famous during the Peter Gabriel worldwide tour, in the early 90's, Baaba Maal, coming from Senegal, succeeded - like his compatriot Youssou N'Dour - to prove his talent and became notorious with his band “Daande Lenol”... Read more. - Toumani Diabate
Dakan«Dakan» means «Destiny, great topic of Malinkés... Read more. Djeli Moussa Diawara
DiarabiDiarabi is a very famous popular song in West Africa, is about passion... Read more. (Tita) Ali Farka Touré - Moriba Koita
DiakhaDiakha is a song dedicated to the holy city of the same name founded in the fifteenth century by El Hadj Salim Souare said Diakha Laye or Mbemba Laye ... Read more. (Jaka - Mansa Kele) Lamine Konté - Sourakata Koite
Diaoura« Diaoura » comes from Mali, exactly from the Kita area. It is a dance rythm from Kita, which has been created at djembé the adapted on balafon and kora. Today, that folksong is still very often played, with jembe and dudun accompaniment and is a favorite of Malian acoustic guitarists... Read more. Djelimadi Tounkara
DonsokeDonsoke (The Hunter) is a moral tale that belongs to the cycle of Epics Hunters of the Manding and it is in a way, a Manding version of the Odipus myth... Read more. Bako Dagnon
DugaDuga is the Song of the Vulture, the symbol of the epic hero in the Manding. Duga is a song very popular in the countries of Manding traditiona and arera that belongs to the cycle of The Epics of the Hunters... Read more. Sory Kandia Kouyate - Mama Sissoko
Ecoli Karamoko Kante Manfila
FamadenkeLitterally, « Famadenkè » means « Son (denkè) of [War] Chief (fama)». This song was composed in honour of the son of Samory Toure... Read more. Bembeya Jazz - Mangala
FantaThis song was composed in the 1960s in honor of a very beautiful woman named Fanta Djabi... Read more. Jali Nyama SussoJali Nyama Suso was a very great korafolá who has been world wide famous in the 1970s... Read more.
Fissiri Wale«Fissiri Wale» is a famous Manding folksong ; it means : the miserable («fissiri») ungrateful man («wale»)... Read more. Mama Sissoko - Alpha Yaya Diallo
Foday KabaFoday Kaba is a panegyric song is devoted to Kaba Doumbouya (1818-1901), a diakhanke marabout... Read more. Mamadou Drame - MBady Kouyaté
Hama BâThat song had been composed in honour of Maba Diakhou Ba alias « Hama Ba Jata » (1809~1867), a marabout from the Rip, and a disciple of the Oumar Tall from Tijaniyya sufi brotherhood. He became leader (Almamy) of Saloum... Read more. (Mansa Kele) Amadu Bansang Jobarteh - Lalo Keba DrameLalo Keba Drame, born in Gambia, was a famous korafolá. He became famous for adaptating to kora the Djembeseng (very dancing rhythm created by djembe druming), creating a revolution in the kora music... Read more.
Gansana« Gan sana » means « Every thing has a price ». That folksong from Mali is an occasion to tell sentences like « Nothing comes from nowhere », « the griots don't sing for free », and so on... Read more. Salif Keita (Rail Band) - Madou Sidiki Diabate
JanjonLegends tell that «Janjon» was (nick?) name of a sorcerer chaman like with great surnatural powers in the very early times of the Manding... Read more. Sory Kandia Kouyate
(Nteri) JatoNteri Jato is a popular song from Gambia celebrating friendship and hospitality in different countries, the word for friendship or hospitality is said (n')Teriya, ( n)Teren (Mali, Guinea) or Terenga (Senegal)... Read more. Alhaj Bai Konte - Lalo Keba DrameLalo Keba Drame, born in Gambia, was a famous korafolá. He became famous for adaptating to kora the Djembeseng (very dancing rhythm created by djembe druming), creating a revolution in the kora music... Read more.
Jimbaseng(o)« Jimbasengo » is a recent composition and had been a great favourite among the young korafolálu. It is really an arrangement of an older tune called Sira Ba Bolo... Read more. Jali Nyama SussoJali Nyama Suso was a very great korafolá who has been world wide famous in the 1970s... Read more. - Morikeba Kouyaté
Jonkoloni« Jonkoloni » is an epic narrative belonging to the epics cycle of Segou such as the epic songs « Duga », « Tutu Diarra » and « Bakary Djan » (Juru nani)... Read more. Bassekou Kouyaté
Jula Jekere« Jula Jekere » tells the story of a wealthy trader called Jekereh Bayo also nicknamed « Jula Jekere » who as a flamboyant gesture, decided to celebrate Aïd El Kabir (Tobaski), ten days later than usual... Read more. Jali Nyama SussoJali Nyama Suso was a very great korafolá who has been world wide famous in the 1970s... Read more. - Amadu Bansang Jobarteh
Julu Kara Nayni«Julu Kara Nayni» is a song telling about Alexander the Great and Soundjata... Read more. Sidiki Diabate - Bassekou KouyatéInheritance is the best source of inspiration and Bassekou Kouyate drank to limpid sources. Born in 1966 in Garana, his father Mustapha Kouyate was the best ngonifola of the region... Read more.
KairaDuring the years 1940 and 1950, when the movement for independence started, «Kaira» was the name adopted by the association of the young jelis of the city Kita... Read more about. Kassé Mady Diabate - Toumani Diabate
KalaIn the beginning, Kala was an old rhythm and a dance coming from Guinea, according to eldest traditionalist, precisely from the Faranah area. That rhythm was a part Soli (rhythms played in ritual circoncision celebrations). It was created on balafon, then adapted to ngnoi, then to kora...More about. Sourakata Koite - Toumani Diabate
Kana Kassi Soriba Kouyate - Kaouding Cissoko
KedoKedo is a song was composed near 1865 after the war of the Moslim Fula people versus the pagan kingdom of N'Kaabu... (Thiedo) Jali Nyama SussoJali Nyama Suso was a very great korafolá who has been world wide famous in the 1970s... Read more. - Farafina
Keme BouremaThis song tells about Fabou (Faboli) Daboloba Toure, so-called Keme Birama who was the younger brother of Samory Toure... Read more. (Sory) Sory Kandia Kouyate - Mandekalou
Kelefa Ba This song evokes the old conflict between Manding and Fula ethnies and this conflict has increased since the end of XIX° century and ended to bloody wars... (Kelemagni) Jali Nyama SussoJali Nyama Suso was a very great korafolá who has been world wide famous in the 1970s... Read more. -  Mangala
Kuruntu KelefaLitterally, « Kuruntu Kelefa » means « Kelefa trailed on his chariot ». Indeed, history said that the horses of and Kelefa Saneh, to which that song is devoted, were trained to move to the trot on the rhythm of that song. So was sung that song during traveling and triumphs of the hero ... Read more. Jali Nyama SussoJali Nyama Suso was a very great korafolá who has been world wide famous in the 1970s... Read more. - Foday Musa Suso
KonkobaAt the beginning, « Konkoba » is a folk harvest rhythmic dance from Guinea (Hamana). « The fields have been prepared for planting. Konkoba has completed his work and returns to the village... »... Read more. JalikundaJalikunda is an explosive cocktail of spiritual Afro-Mandinka music, inspired by the songs, dances and rhythms from Casamance in Southern Senegal... Read more. - Toumani Diabate
KulanjanKulandjan is one of the most famous folksongs of the Mandeka tradition, especially of Mali... Read more. Sidiki Diabate - Batourou Sekou Kouyate
Kuyate faasa An Bè Kelen« An Bè Kelen » is a noteworthy record at many points of view. Indeed : « The melodies on this CD are all widely known in Mali and Guinea. The great value of these recordings lies in its words. These words are not only powerful because they are spoken by well trained jeliw... Read more
LambanInitially, «Lamban» was devoted to the Kouyate lineage, who belonged to the very first family of jelis in Mande... Read more about. (Jaliya) Sory Kandia Kouyate
LasidanThat song dates back to the colonial time. The song title comes from a vocational warping of the French expression : «L'adjudant» (warrant officer)... Read more about. Djeli Moussa Ballake - Mamadou DiabateMamadou Diabate is a great korafolá world wide known. Mamadou's father Djelimory played kora, the griot's venerable 21-string harp... Read more.
Mamadou Bitiki Sidiki Diabate - Kemo Conde
Mama Manneh Morikeba Kouyaté - Foday Musa Suso
Mamaya Amy Koita - Ba CissokoBa Cissoko is a name of a young jèlílu band whom Ba Cissoko himself (traditional kora and lead vocal), his cousins, Seckou Kouyate (electric kora and vocals) and Kourou Kouyate (bass, bolon, and vocals). The rest of the band is variable... Read more.
Mani Sajio S. Kandia Kouyate - Mangala
Manssana Cisse S. Kandia Kouyate - Mama Sissoko
MiniyambaThat song (Miniyamba), coming from Mali, is very old, tracing back to the times of the Wagadou empire (Ghana, Arabic), the oldest empire of Black Africa...Read more. Seckou Keita - Fanta Damba (EINM)
NanKoMan Jan Kassé Mady Diabate
Nanfoulen Abdoulaye Diabate - Soundioulou Cissokho
Sakho DuguSakhodougou is a song that can be dated exactly in the historical chronology. It was composed in 1880, when Malinke allied pushed back the Fula people of Niagossola to the Birgo land... Sory Kandia Kouyate - Soriba Kouyate
Salimun Djeli Moussa Diawara - Mangala
SamakoroSamakoro is a traditional folksong from Guinea. Initially, Samakoro is the name of a village (or many others) of Upper Guinea... Read more. Keletigui Diabate
Sara (Kankelentigui) Siramori Diabaté - Balla et ses balladins
Simbo Jali Nyama Susso
Soumbou ya ya Balla et ses BalladinsBalla et ses Balladins (also known as « Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée ») were a dance-music orchestra formed in Conakry, Guinea in 1962 following the break-up of the Syli Orchestre National, Guinea's first state-sponsored group. Also called the Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée, after the « bar dancing » music venue in Conakry that still exists today... Read more. - Sousou & Maher Cissoko
Soumaworo K. faasa Guinea : Songs and Epics - An Bè Kelen
Souaressi Sory Kandia Kouyate - Seckou KeitaSeckou Keita is a brilliant live performer with stacks of charisma, and one of the few champions of the less-known and rhythmically rocking kora repertoire from Casamance in southern Senegal where he is from... Read more
Suba Sory Kandia Kouyate - Balla Tounkara
Sundiata faasaSundjata is the most famous song of the Manding tradition. This song is also known under the title of The Anthem of the Bow or Simbo... Read more Sidiki Diabate - Ballake Sissokho
Sutukun (Kumbu Sora) MBady Kouyaté - Vieux Diop
TaaraTara is the tune of the departure (for the ancestors country), i.e. a praising song in honor of the dead heroes. It is a very old song, hailing from Fula people, composed upon the rhythm of Yeela... Read more. Amy Koita - Baaba MaalBaaba Maal is well-talented as multi-instrumentalist and singer gifted with a high piched and impressive voice... Read more.
Tabara Jali Nyama SussoJali Nyama Suso was a very great korafolá who has been world wide famous in the 1970s... Read more. - Amadu Bansang Jobarteh
Tassiri Magan Kassé Mady Diabaté - Cheick Tidiane Seck
Tira Makhan faasa Sira Mori Diabaté
Teri (Jato) Alhaj Bai Konte - Lalo Keba Drame
Tubaka Sory Kandia Kouyate - Toumani Diabate
Tutu Diarra Sidiki Diabate - Batourou Sekou Kouyate
Yeela (Debe) Baaba MaalBaaba Maal is well-talented as multi-instrumentalist and singer gifted with a high piched and impressive voice... Read more.
 

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