Groupe Namounyi, Roots of Rhythm from Guinea
Groupe Namounyi plays the first Guinean concert ever in Amsterdam Noord. Namounyi unites musicians from three National Guinean ensembles on Dutch soil. The groovy repertoire comes from the jungle, highlands and coastal areas of Guinea. An acoustic river of polyrhythmic melodies, played on traditional instruments. Location: Concert Hall of Music School Amsterdam, Alkmaarstraat 10 in Amsterdam.
Namounyi means tradition. In West Africa, traditional music is a living phenomenon that changes every day. The rhythms and melodies come from different peoples and were adapted into the National Ballet after the independence of Guinea. It is a collective good that is used as jazz standards for free music.
The musicians are trained in the national Guinean ensembles. They play on special instruments such as the Guinean bass guitar: Bolon and the giant thumb piano: Gongoma by Momo Touré, the wooden xylophone: Balafoon by Mamadou Cissoko, the African harp: Kora by Amara Diabaté, the well-known djembe drum by Oumar Dioubaté and Momo Touré and the bass drums:Dundun by female percussionist Bintou Kouyaté. Singer Karim M'Pandy Camara sings songs about love and living together in Susu with his sometimes velvety, sometimes powerful voice.
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