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Bembeya Jazz

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...As a prominent interpreter of Guinean folk music, Bembeya Jazz National combined Afropop with its nation’s musical culture to produce one of the continent’s most popular sounds. Following Guinean independence in 1958, bands were encouraged...

Mory Kanté

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...The career of kora harpist Mory Kanté saw the artist achieve international fame and return home to his native Guinea to help the nation develop economically and culturally. Born in 1950 in Guinea, Kanté’s family was one of the most famous...

Conakry

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,100,000 (2003) Conakry is the capital of the Republic of Guinea and a major Atlantic Ocean port in West Africa. Its main manufacturing industries are food products, beverages and automobiles. The city...

Guinea

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 8,381,000 (2002) The Republic of Guinea is a small country in northwest Africa, with a land area of 95,984 sq miles (245,720 sq km). ‘ Conakry’ is often used in parentheses after the name of the country...