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5 Dec

If one thinks of African music the first thing that comes to mind are drums and strange instruments followed by chanting vocals. However tribal music is only a small, older and traditional form of music found on the continent of our ancestors. Senegal music specifically has caught my attention over the past few years. Some of the first music of such that I listened to was by Amadou et Mariam which immediately fascinated. The patterns, rhythms and sounds used are somewhat different to the more globalized sound one might hear on the radio. Especially their earlier work vividly emphasizes on the specific Senegal sound. Although even here the African root to the music is sometimes diffuse and hard to define. An interesting album was recorded in 2005 with the well known French musician Manu Chao entitled Dimanche a Bamako.

France being a multicultural country with many African citizens has become a great platform for African culture and therefore music as well to be introduced to the western audience.

A further upbringing of this melting pot is an artist named Nuru Kane. This man actually left his home country Senegal in order to find a new life in France. What he brought with him was the Senegal tradition and understanding of music. After visiting Marrakech as a tourist he found his choice of instrument – The Guembri or also known as Sintir. This form of lute is commonly used in Moroccan and Algerian traditional Gnawa music and is actually closely related to the American Banjo. After being recognized among the Paris music scene he signed with a major record label, through which his first album Sigil was published in 2006.

Since then Nuru Kane has been attempting to break down the walls that still remain in music and language throughout the world.