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Music of Guinea: the serie

A documentary directed by , .

Synopsis

Music of Guinea: music of the coast and Fouta-Djalon ep.1/2

The Republic of Guinea is privileged by its geographical , human and cultural diversity. This country alone is capable of offering the original charasteristics of numerous African musical cultures. The journey begins in Conakry with Soloists and Soussou orchestras, and continues north along the coast with its landscape of coco-palms and mangroves. The population of Baga and Landouma bring out their masks to the rhythm of the seasons and agricultural work . In the Tenda region, various groups such as the Cognagui in the plains, and the Bassari in the hills, prepare real musical theatres to celebrate the initiation of their children . Finally, the counterforts of Fouta-Djalon: this is the country of the sedentary Peuls. Here the altitude reminds us of European scenery. The griots are privileged singers and are particularly fond of flutes, as well as instruments made of skin-covered calabashes fitted with strings.

 

Music of Guinea: music of the forest and upper Guinea ep.2/2

The town of Niani was situated upon the territory of the actual Guinean Republic, and was for a long time the capital of the Mandingue Empire.The griot families of which the Kouyate and the Kante have watched over the musical traditions of their ancestors jealously. Today they still sing about the period of the Empire. The Sossobala, the genvine balafon of the Soumaoro Emperor (Thirteenth century) was revealed for the first time by the Doyen of the griots of Nyagassola.Upper Guinea offers its rustic musical culture. It is proud of its history, and vocal expression remains the predominant part of it. Finally, the forest which has remained apart from Islam , reveals its sedentary negro cultures . It is the meeting of digital sound and very ancient genuine music which has been miraculously preserved from the action of “promoters”.

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