Fula Flute
"Mansa America"


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$13.99 | CD | Catalog #CTN002
Release date: 2009

MP3s:
Obama
Fouta Canada

The duo of 'vocalizing' tambin (african flute) masters with its neo-traditional vocal and instrumental ensemble explore a new repertoire of songs that bridges Africa and the New World. The YouTube hit song "Obama" epitomizes the spirit of the album in its cross-integration of the ancient Mande praise-song in the service of honoring the new American President. Daring chamber-americana horn arrangements bring the African sound into modernity while the griot (Mandeng) epic themes of many of the songs retain reverence for their roots.

With Mansa America, this six-piece virtuoso ensemble offers twelve tracks of high-level, uplifting music. But more than that, Mansa America is a mind altering experience.


Fula Flute
"Fula Flute"


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$13.99 | CD | Catalog #BM002
Release date: 2004

MP3s:
Folinke
Bani
Keme Bourema
N'dianamo (excerpt)

A recording dedicated to the "tambin," the Fulani flute, a little-known instrument from the Fouta Djallon Mountains of Guinea, West Africa. This marks the first time that an album is completely focused on the amazing flute style that was the inspiration for the singing and blowing techniques developed by players such as Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

The Fula Flute ensemble is composed of outstanding African and African-oriented musicians in North America. Bailo Bah, the featured soloist, spent 22 years as a star of the world-famous "Ballets Koteba" of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The band uses a jazz-style approach to the mostly traditional Mande repertoire. The interaction of the two flutes with the balafon and the kora has a hypnotic, enchanting effect, and we think is already a classic.


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