Counsel is offered to not forget the ones who
have helped you achieve success.
King Samory Toure didn't like his country being
invaded by the French. In the 19th century, he fought them all the way,
fiercely. They tried to capture him but he kept evading them. One day
they finally succeeded. He died when they dropped him into a vat of
Two flutes, kora (Keba), two balafons
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This is a deep, ancient, noble epic song. It is
usually performed for high dignitaries, aristocracy and otherwise powerful
people and evokes much emotion for Malians in particular.
Two flutes, kora (Yacouba), two balafons
When you are far from the people that you love
you think of them with fondness. There is a void in your heart
you are nostalgic.
Piece from Gabu celebrating the King Janke Wali.
It is unusual for a Fulani to play this because Janke Wali was an enemy
of the Fulanis of the Fouta Djallon who defeated him in battle.
This piece, also known as "Apollo,"
was suggested by Famoro. It features the players exchanging solos in
a musical caroussel.
Two flutes, two balafons, contrabass
The Bani River is a great tributary to the Niger
and has played an important part in the history of Mali. A legend is
that when one dies, one has to cross the river to reach the land of
the dead, but at the crossing is a man with a boat who won't let one
through unless one goes back and pay all debts.
Another epic song.
Two flutes, (Bailo)
This is the one original piece on the album. It is a blend of composition,
African feeling and traditional French music; the melody from the song
"Isabeau s'y promene" is integrated here. It tells the story
of Isabeau, a young maiden taking a walk along her garden where she
encounters thirty sailors, the youngest of whom drowns as he tries to
find the ring that Isabeau lost in the water.
Flutes (Sylvain), two berimbaus, two balafons, bolon
In the thirteenth century was born a handicapped
prince. His legs were atrophied. One day the sorcerer Soumaworo Kante
invaded their land and killed his father, the King. When Soumaworo saw
Soundiata, he laughed: "Never this cripple will be able to avenge
this murder!" So he let him live. Many years passed. One day when
Soundiata was a young man, his mother lamented that she had to do everything,
that her son was useless, she was so miserable carrying both their weights
on her shoulders. Soundiata said: "Today I will get you the fruits
from the great baobab tree." His mother laughed: "How will
you do that?" So Soundiata crawled to the baobab, got up on his
legs using two iron bars and uprooted the mighty tree. He went to war
and delivered the land from the tyrant. He founded the Mandeng Empire,
which lasted for centuries and cast its enlightened reign over the people
of West Africa, the echoes of which still resonate to this day
in this music in particular.
songs traditional except "Teriya" © 2001 Fula Flute Music,