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Foday Musa Suso Kora Music from the Gambia FW-08510-CCD CCD
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FormatOn Demand CD
Ordering NumberFW-08510-CCD
labelSmithsonian Folkways CCD
Release date06/04/2005
Release date01/01/1978

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      Recorded in Accra, Ghana, in 1976, Kora Music from the Gambia is a collection of songs performed on the kora, a 21-string bridge harp used by the Mandinka people of northwestern Africa. Foday Musa Suso is a member of the hereditary jali social class, and, as ethnomusicologist Roderic Knight explains, that means he is both a historian and a musician: “For example, praises and genealogy were incorporated into songs, and oral history was told to the accompaniment of instrument music. ” Suso’s selections on this album range from traditional stories from the Mali Empire (“Tira Makan”) to a contemporary song from the Gambia that refers to the 1960s moon landing missions (“Apollo”). Liner notes include a detailed description and history of kora music in the Gambia and track notes.

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