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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...

Jeliya

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Jeliya is the art of jelis, who are hereditary musicians, singers and oral historians from western Africa (Mali, Guinea, Senegambia and neighboring countries). Called griots by early French travelers to the region, jelis have developed one...

Mamaya

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Mamaya is a music and dance genre that developed in the colonial-era metropolis of Kankan in northeastern Guinea in the 1930s and 1940s. Originally based in Mande (specifically Maninka) xylophone traditions that flourished there, the genre...

Jembe Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The jembe (variants: jenbe, dyembe, djembé) is a goblet-shaped drum originating from Mande-speaking societies of West Africa such as the Malinké (Maninka) and Ouassoulounké (Wasulunka), in northeastern Guinea and southern Mali...

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...