Arabakhidy! The only way to purchase one of M'Bemba Bangoura's 3 CD's is to personally hand him the money and he will give it to you. If people are interested in contacting him to buy a CD or attend dance class and/or drum class, he can easily be contacted at WULA DRUM. I uploaded these tracks the day M'Bemba finally received his American citizenship. Inuwali
Two tracks from Guinean djembe master M'Bemba Bangoura's CD Wofabe! (Everybody Come Here!)
Bao - Region: Macenta, Guinea, West Africa; Ethnic Group: Toma
Bao is a rhythm and dance from the Toma ethnic group, in the forest region of Guinea around Macenta (South east of Guinea). It is played for young girls at the occasion of a big family event following young girls initiation.
Sofa - Region: Faranah, Guinea, West Africa; Ethnic Group Malinke
Sofa means warrior, and it is known to be one of the oldest Malinke rhythms.
This rhythm used to be played for horseback warriors. Originally played with a string instrument called a Bolon. Trained horses would perform a stepping dance on the rhythm, with songs extolling the warrior's bravery and before battle, to urge warriors on to great feats of courage and endurance.
Today, Sofa is played to honor a very important and respectedperson.