NEW! Ba Cissoko is a Guinean world music band featuring two kora instruments. Here are two great hits: Djougouya and Hirdé:

The new music

Music in the Mandingo language by the late Mangala Camara of Mali:

Listen to "Jali" by Vieux Diop (pronounced "Via Jo"), master of the kora, a 21-stringed instrument indigenous to West Africa:

A Dogon drum.

These drum masters from Liberia demonstrate the Fanga rhythm.

Some West African musical tracks:

Music from the Ténéré desert of Niger, Mali and Mauritania:

Exciting scenes from remote Niger: Guez band, "Roumji":

Cameroon, 1912.

A Congo musician.

The ubaw-akwala of the Igbo.

A photograph taken in west central Africa by the Herbert Lang expedition to the Congo, 1913.

Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté perform live at Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels (below):

Below: in this oldie from the late Togolese singer Bella Bellow you hear the roots of many American styles of singing. Believe it or not, this recording was made in…1969!

Wooden bell from the Ibibio people of eastern Nigeria.

Bamana circumcision musical instrument. This instrument is used during the celebration marking the return of the young circumcised to the village. Kelea, Sikasso region, Mali. Early 20th century.

Whistle from Cameroon/Nigeria.

A flute of the Gurunsi people of Burkina Faso.

Fang harp with twin heads, early 20th century. Wood, hide, fiber. [From the Yale University Collection.]

A Ngombi (arched harp) from the Fang/Kele people of Gabon.

Punu harp from Gabon.

Harp from Congo; wood, leather and plant fiber. 20th century.

Guitar from Cameroon. Wood, animal hide, metal and fiber.. Height: 29 1/2 in. (75 cm).

A Kalimba.

A thumb piano collected in 1867.

A thumb piano made by the Pygmies.

A Bwa xylophone from Mali.

A rattle bracelet from Cameroon or Chad. Clay covered with leather. This has balls within it that as you shake it around it rattles.

Double Bell, Cameroon. Iron. Late 19th century. Height: 33 cm (13 in.); Diam. of each: 6.4 cm (2-1/2 in.).


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