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Fula Flute

by Fula Flute

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Wali 06:17
Keme Bourema 04:59
Djandjou 07:55
N'Dianamo 05:22
Chedo 04:20
Folike 06:22
Bani 05:27
Douga 05:43
Teriya 05:40
Soundiata 06:57


This is the CD that put the Fula flute sound on the World map.

Featuring Master tambin (Fula flute) player Bailo Bah from Guinea, this album has become a staple of Guinean radio and television. It's songs can be heard as theme music for TV news shows, accompanying documentaries and played outright on the radio.

During the unrest of January 2007, this CD was cycled in it's entirety every four hours on the national airwaves alongside the country's most revered traditional music in order to inspire higher sentiments among the population.

REVIEW: "Forget Mozart and Freemasons, Fula Flute is the real magic flute. Absolutely transe-like, hypnotic. Like hearing the rural roots of Roland Kirk - haunting, repeated short melody, then wild, squawking, simultaneous improvisations/ vocalisations where voice and flute act as one, so you're sometimes not sure which is which. This is luminous, natural, exciting, PhD to the Anderson of Tull's GCSE. Many echoes of Baaba Maal to be head here: he is a Peul, who are Fula. The characteristic riffs and figures he and Mansour Seck made famous stand here in a more rustic setting, with acres of koras, balafons and desert. This is the sound of the Sahel, as close to universal music as we're likely to hear, though in this case recorded in New York. Twin players of flute or tambin are Bailo Bah, half Vietnamese, half Guinean and Sylvain leroux, Montrealer, who studied flute in Guinea. They play traditional songs, plus one new composition by Leroux. Is this group a going concern? They should be."

- Rick Sanders, fRoots Magazine, March 2003


released June 16, 2002

Bailo Bah, tambin (all songs except Tériya)
Sylvain Leroux, tambin (all songs except Douga), balafon, berimbau;
Kéba Cissoko, kora; Kémé Bouréma
Yacouba Sissoko, kora; Djandjou
Famoro Dioubaté, balafon: Kémé Bouréma, Djandjou, Folinké, Tériya
Kourou Kouyaté, bolon; Tériya
Peter Fand, contrabass; Kémé Bouréma, Folinké

Mastering: Ted Orr
Recording and mixing: Peter Fand
Recorded and mixed at Blue Monster Studio
Production and cover design: Sylvain Leroux
Cover painting: "L'arbre de la Royauté" © by Marie-Denise Douyon
Many thanks to: François Bellemare, Karl Berger, Nathalie Dussault, Naby "Coyah" Camara, Oumar N'Diaye, Kikala Diakité, la famille N'Diaye de Manképa à Conakry, Mamadi Mansaré, Yaya Diallo, Blake Jeter, Peter Fand, Ted Orr, Alfredo Saavedra, Marie-Denise Douyon and Magali Régis


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