MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE: VOLUME 6
Mende of Moyamba
Released by earthcds partners.
Recorded by Luke Wassermann
Audio CD: 63 minutes - 10 tracks.
This CD is the sixth volume of an anthology of traditional Sierra Leonean music produced by Luke Wassermann. It was recorded live in 2007 in the district headquarter town of Moyamba, and features the Salina Cultural Dance Troupe, a group formed during the civil war while the members were staying at the Kissy Dockyard refugee camp in Freetown. The group sings (and tells one story) in Mende, the most widely spoken tribal language in Sierra Leone. The instruments that provide most exciting rhythmic variation are the keleng, a cylindrical, hollowed out wooden block with three slits on the top, and the shegbere (pictured on the front cover). The sangba and gbeteh drums provide the irresistible grooves on which the music relies, while Kadiatu Williams, the lead female vocalist sings both the inspirational and sorrowful. The 12-page booklet included in the package contains eight color photographs, four song translations, historical information about the Mende and background information about Moyamba and the Salina Cultural Dance Troupe.