Music Archives Of West Africa

“The 70s In Bouake (cd)”

MEG-AIMP117 scanZoom inLabelMEG-AIMP/ Musée D'ethnographie De Genève
Cat. No.MEG-AIMP117
FormatEXCLS-CD
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- For fans of labels like Ocora, Smithsonian Folkways Records, Buda Music, Nonesuch and traditional forms of music, ambient, (ethno)musicology, and children ! An important inter-cultural and commercial crossroads in the centre of the Ivory Coast, the town of Bouake prospered during the 20th century around one of the richest and most colourful markets of West Africa. Tracklisting 01 Suba ni mansaya ("Magic and royal power") 02 Wedding music 03 Vocals, fiddle and percussion calabash 04 Balafons 05 Flute Duo 06 Flute solo 07 Musical bow 08 Sunjata faasa Info An important inter-cultural and commercial crossroads in the centre of the Ivory Coast, the town of Bouake prospered during the 20th century around one of the richest and most colourful markets of West Africa. Working in this town in the mid 1970s, the biologist Bernard Mondet was fascinated by the Ivorian, Ghanaian, Malian, Guinean or Voltaic musical traditions he encountered there. Armed with his Nagra tape recorder and a pair of microphones, he collected a vast number of sound documents in which Senufo and Bobo balafons, lute harps kora of the Manding, Peul and Mossi flutes and Birifor musical bows are mingled skilfully. Points of interests - For fans of the traditional repertoires of African griots and their main instruments: the kora and the balafon. - A glimpse of musical life in the 1970s in Bouake, the second most populated city in Ivory Coast. - A collection of traditional music recorded with Peul, Bobo, Mandingue and Birifor musicians from various regions of Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali. - Original sound archives on magnetic tapes, digitized and restored in 2019. - Twelve black and white and colour photographs, taken at the same time as the sound recordings - The very first CD to be released in the “Archives” series on the new MEG-AIMP label, which continues the collection founded in 1984 by Laurent Aubert and directed by Madeleine Leclair since 2012.

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