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Released by earthcds partners.

MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE: VOLUME 7
Folk Songs of Sherbro Island
Released by earthcds partners.
Recorded by Luke Wassermann
Audio CD: 61 minutes - 10 tracks.

This CD is the seventh volume of an anthology of traditional Sierra Leonean music produced by Luke Wassermann. It features the konigai and kowi-playing duo of Abdul Sheriff and Ansumama Fai performing a style of music called gbokindeh. These young men are folk singers who make their living through a residence on the M.B. Halala, a motor-powered wooden boat that takes passengers from mainland Sierra Leone to Sherbro Island. It was recorded in 2007 in Bonthe Town, a former British colonial settlement and the only major town on Sherbro Island. Sheriff sings in Mende, Krio, and Sherbro, while simultaneously strumming his hand-carved konigai (pictured on the front cover) and beating a large resonant box with the heel of his foot. Fai adds rhythmic fervor with the two-sided kowi drum and a tin pan. The 12-page booklet included in the package contains color photographs, translations of song lyrics, background information about Bonthe, and an interview transcript.


MUSIC OF
SIERRA LEONE:
VOLUME 7
Folk Songs of
Sherbro Island

$17

 


click to hear streaming samples
1
Nyanjay Nyanjay
2
Underworld Pipul Dem
3
Maloko Jama
4
Kamajor Bawotay
5
Benbe Laduco
6
Oh Young Man Dem
7
Mumonegueyo
8
Nyanjay Nyabua Dema
9
Suku Lupui
10
So-ma Sawa


The producer of this series would like to share some of his
experiences and photos while he was in Sierra Leone.
(click to read all about it)

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