Musiques du Mali
Neba Solo (his real name is Souleymane Traoré) is
a son of a Senoufo farmer from Nébadougou, a village near Sikasso.
Initially, he was to be a farmer too, but since his father was also a balafola, he
learned to play on the balamba (the big bala, a xylophone with calebash resonance).
Gradually, he became successful and he recorded some cassettes with considerable
success in his native region.
After Oumou Sangaré in 1995, Néba Solo won the Malian award "artist of the
year" in 1996. This was the first time that this kind of "farmers music" won such a price.|
With his 7-piece band, and Solo and Siaka Traoré as balafolaw, he creates a music with repetitive rhythms and circular melodies: la fête au village peut commencer...
Musicians on "Kenedougou Foly": Souleymane Traoré: vocals and balamba; Siaka Traoré: balafon; Lamissa Traoré: karignan and titiaras; Ousmane Traoré and Zatien Consogo: bara. Bocary and Ibrahim Dembele: dance.
Born: 1968, as Souleymane Traoré, in
Style: Balafon based music.
|Kene Balafons||2000||Cobalt 09295-2|
|Kenedougou Foly||1997?||Cobalt 09281-2|
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