Black M, born as Alpha Diallo in 1984, is a French-Guinean rapper and musician. Listen to his #1 single “Sur ma route”:
Life has a rhythm, it’s constantly moving.
The word for rhythm ( used by the Malinke tribes ) is FOLI.
It is a word that encompasses so much more than drumming, dancing or sound.
It’s found in every part of daily life.
In this film you not only hear and feel rhythm but you see it.
It’s an extraordinary blend of image and sound that
feeds the senses and reminds us all
how essential it is. (Youtube)
Music from Guinea/Africa
By the brothers Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg
Film crew during one month in Baro, Guinee Afrika.
Hasna El Bécharia is extraordinary. She is still the only woman in the Maghreb to play gnawi music, a ceremonial beat that has remained an exclusively male preserve since the animist beliefs of the Bilad es-Sudan, (in Arabic, the Land of the Blacks – today’s Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Niger and Chad) encountered the monotheist faith of Islam from across the desert. Her choice has exposed her to a great deal of rejection and sarcasm, but Hasna’s mind and soul are irrevocably bound up with the mystic trance music learnt from her father, a pious man who was himself a maâllem or master of gnawi (the plural of gnawa) syncretism, a black Sufism forged by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves in White Africa, also called diwan in East Algeria and stambali in Tunisia. Here is her song “Hakmet Lakdar”
Fodé Baro, is a Guinean musician performing Afro-Zouk and folk music. Born in a Fulani-Mandingo notable family of the city of Kankan, where many griots come from, Fodé Baro is the exception to the rule according which, only griots can make music in Guinea.
From his early childhood, Fodé Baro is enchanted by the talent of the one called “the dragon of African song” aka Aboubacar Demba Camara, outstanding guinean artist from the 70s. As a teenager, Fode excels in the artistic subjects such as theatre and music… and starts playing n’goni and guitar. But for his parents, a young man of his rank cannot tarnish with artists; it would be a humiliation for the family. Here is the song “Yanfante”
This is a great four minutes African music sample by Jamie Bianchini. Great!
Le Nimba de N’Zerekore, a rusting market town in Guinea’s forested south east highlands, mixed Mande and Cuban sounds with the songs and rhythms of the Kpelle, Kono and Toma peoples. Supposedly retracing the stages of male initiation, this could be seen as an African concept album. But what gets you going is the wild rhythms booting along spiky guitar melodies, call and response vocals and some blasting saxes. A truly mad record. ( Blog Lisa Thatcher )
here is their song Kongoriko
and the complete album
Sory Kandia Kouyate was a world musician from Guinea, who died in 1977. Listen to his nice song “Kémé Bouréma”: