Music from Guinea-Conakry – Mory Kanté

Mory Kanté (born 29 March 1950, Kissidougou, Guinea) is a vocalist and player of the kora harp. He was born into one of Guinea’s best known families of griot (hereditary) musicians. After being brought up in the Mandinka griot tradition in Guinea, he was sent to Mali at the age of seven years – where he learned to play the kora, as well as important voice traditions, some of which are necessary to become a griot. Here is the song “Moko”

Music from Burkina-Faso – Alif Naaba

Alif Naaba (the “Barefoot Prince”)  from Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso. This is what somebody said about him “Atop pulsating polyrhythmic percussion, harp-like kora textures, and funky bass and guitar riffs, Naaba’s majestic voice invites an audience to become citizens of his colorful acoustic Afro-pop kingdom” and that is true. Listen “Daare”