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Thu 28th Jun at 8:00pm - 10:00pm
@ Buckland Abbey, Yelverton
Also appearing: Etran Finatawa
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The Endless Journey: Mamane Barka + Etran Finatawa
"Hypnotic desert blues; four master musicians from Niger join forces for this show; Alhousseini Anivolla (electric guitar) & Bammo Agonla (vocals) from Etran Finatawa with Mamane Barka (biram) & Oumarou Adamou (percussion). There will be a photographic exhibition of the band's tour through Niger promoting their respective tribal influences (Tuareg,Wodaabe,Toubou & Hausa) in a changing West Africa along with specially mixed visual projections by filmmaker Jean Molitor. The show will be staged in the 14th Century barn. Beer and wine bar: come early and enjoy a picnic in the grounds."
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The only known master of the Biram, the ancient stringed instrument of the Boudouma tribe of West Africa.
Mamane Barka was born into a family of Toubou nomads and grew up to become a teacher and then a celebrated ngurumi player and pop musician in Niger. A decade ago Mamane heard about the beautiful sound of the biram, an enormous boat shaped 5-stringed harp sacred to the Boudouma people of Lake Chad. When he learnt there was only one elderly player of the instrument remaining Mamane went to live with the Boudouma to study with the old master to learn the instrument and to be initiated into it’s rituals and ancient mythical songs. On the death of the master, Mamane was bequeathed the biram and charged with bringing the biram to the attention of the wider world.
Now Mamane maintains the tradition by touring the world with master drummer Oumarou Adamou, the son of a Hausa griot, whose trance-enducing percussion is the bedrock of this extraordinarily powerful desert blues.
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Combining the rich nomadic cultures of the Tuareg and Wodaadbe people of the West African country of Niger - country that has been a cross-roads for the North African Arabs for thousands of years - Etran Finatawa blend traditional instruments with electric guitars and the polyphonic songs of the region. The effect is mesmeric and hypnotic, immediately transporting us to a land of vast desert skies, caravans and camel races.
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Venue: Buckland Abbey