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The Art Of Jenbe Drumming: The Mali Tradition Vol. 2
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CD

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CATALOG #
BIBI 30542CD BIBI 30542CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/17/2008

Second volume. Recorded between 1995 and 2006 in Bamako (Mali). Performers: Jaraba Jakite, Drisa Kone, Jeli Madi Kuyate, (jenbe); Madu Jakite (Dunun). Recorded between1995 & 2006 in Bamako, Mali. "In the recordings, three masters of traditional jenbe dance drumming present the clear beauty and explosive power of their music. Of course the music of a jenbe dance celebration cannot be adequately documented because it represents part of a dynamic event, which can only be fully grasped by witnessing all its interlocking elements. The sound recording of a celebration would lack the movement of the dancers and the whole atmosphere of colors, smells, and enthusiasm. The recordings presented in this CD, moreover, were made not in the context of a celebration at all, but in a schoolyard in the Badialan quarter of Bamako. The drummers performed for the microphone, without rehearsals, without arrangements, and without an underlying notion on how to convey celebration music without a celebration. It was the first time to do a studio recording for all of them. They spontaneously created a kind of art music in a space without references, an abstract translation of music traditionally played for celebrations. The original live tracks were neither cut nor overdubbed."