Mamou Sidibé - "Foulbé" (Mali)

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Posted by musicofmali
January 26, 2007

Video Summary:
"music of mali with MAMOU SIDIBE"

From the viewer comments and the title, I gather that this song is in praise of the Fulani (Foulbe) ethnic group. A commenter confirmed that this was an example of Wassoulou music.

Here's information about this type of music from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassoulou_music:

"Wassoulou is a genre of West African popular music, named after the region of Wassoulou. It is performed mostly by women, using lyrics that address women's issues regarding childbearing, fertility and polygamy. Instrumentation includes soku (a traditional fiddle sometimes replaced with modern imported instruments), djembe drum, kamalen n'goni (a six-stringed harp), karinyan (metal tube percussion) and bolon (a four-stringed harp). The vocals are typically passionate, emphatic and in a call-and-response format. Prominent artists include Oumou Sangaré, Coumba Sidibe, Dienaba Diakite, Kagbe Sidibe, and Sali Sidibe. Several of these prominent artists perform on an album called The Wassoulou Sound: Women of Mali."

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Selected viewer comments from

http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments=1&v=g7DXT4wubX4

Posted in 2007:

joesubscriber-I take it that this is Wassoulou music? Correct me it I'm wrong.

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niang12-yes it is  wassoulou.

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Azizip17-@niang12 Thanks for your comment about wassoulou music. The Wikipedia article about Wassoulou indicates that these instruments are usually used for this music:"soku (a traditional fiddle sometimes replaced with modern imported instruments), djembe drum, kamalen n'goni (a six-stringed harp), karinyan (metal tube percussion) and bolon (a four-stringed harp)." What is the gourd drum called?
Thanks to other commenters for sharing information about this wonderful culture!
(Posted in 2010)

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Azizip17-@niang12 Also I noticed musicians with a beaded gourd in a web-like bag. Is that instrument called a sekere in the Fulani language?

musicofmali, thanks for this fascinating video! And thanks to YouTube for providing opportunities to learn about other cultures throughout the world!
-an African American sista (Posted in 2010)

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VraiDiouf -.Azizip17- That is actually not a drum but a calabash which is common in Fulani music. There are two main types of Calabash used in Fula music. The Tumbuude (regular calabash) and then the Azakalabo (calabash floating on water). I am glad you like the music. (Posted in 2010)

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VraiDiouf- @Azizip17 I also see a Djembe drum being used (we don't have a name for that in Fulani language since it is originally a Mandé instrument) and the Sekere I believe is originally a Yoruba instrument. Most Traditional Fulani music do not involve these instrument. Fulani music usually uses Fulani flute (Sembeendu or Odiirou), One string Violin (Nyanyeeru), Calabash (Tumbuude or Azakalabo), Hand Claps, and..."

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VraiDiouf- if you are Mbororo from Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, etc. Akayaure a bell like thing worn on the feet/legs to produce a jingling sound. like you saw in that Etran Finatawa video

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Azizip17-@VraiDiouf, Thank you for that information! Yes, I really love this music. Google Cocojams Videos Of Traditional Musical Instruments. I added your comments about these instruments under “calabash”. Also Google Jambalayah. This video & the Etran Finatawa video are included under West African music.

I love how YouTube videos & some of the comments about those videos help people around the world learn about & better appreciate so many fascinating cultures. Thank you again & best wishes! (Posted in 2010)

[Editor: The Etran Finatawa video can be found on and on this page of Jambalayah's sister website:
http://www.cocojams.com/content/videos-traditional-musical-instruments

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Posted in 2008:

wyldfiyah- This is marvellous, beautiful artistic expression of a beautiful art form!!

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solia11- I can `t believe I found this son posting thanks very much, she is one of my favorite song from mali, good job Mamou.

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lamrof-This song is sooooooooooooooo lovely

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fatoumatak-,,,,i can't believe she is talking about all of us in general.yeahhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhh lol well i think it is for all the foulbe but spacially us the wassalou .good song i had actualy nevr hurled of this until toda

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VraiDiouf-@fatoumatak you Wassalou are also Fulani. Even though you can no longer speak the Fula language as your main language you are still Fulani.

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fatoumatak- i know i speak both fulani

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valurina67-...any translations id love to know what shes sayin?

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matitatou- She is singing about a tribe in west africa specially in Mali called the FULANI....she is saying that she is singing for all fulani around the world!..i am fulani and i love her song!

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9ways2win -Yes the beautiful Fulani people whom sport those
beautiful straw caps.Chinese wear somthing very
similar.

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ways2win- Mali is magic!

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mandrilo112 -Beautifull music, so emotional!!

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wonelle- ohhh mu God i could hold my tears so beautiful i'm so proud to be foulanie

Posted in 2009:

yayebo- im from guinea nd i like this song becuz it's about us(nice nd beautiful foulani)

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afrinux- I am a senegalese foulani. I think we foulbe originate from Ethiopia. You will find fulbe in Mali, Guinea, Niger, Cameroon, Tchad, Somalia, all the way to Ethopia.

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laluwayye- ofcourse all people come from somewhere...fulani ppl don't come from ethiopia! fulanis went their possibly...fulanis as a distinct group started in north west & west africa then they spread east/south/north because the more you move north west & west africa the purer the language is...oh i forgot ethiopians are beautiful so everyone want to come from them that's foolish...ofcourse we have little similarities so what? all humans have similarities

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vixxy02- Simply put...........BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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Abebe345- I am from Ethiopia and I can hear the connection. Also, some of the instruments

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LaInno1980- i'm from germany and i like this wonderful music

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myarre -One day we will have peace in every part of our continent, i am somalian and i run out of tears. but i know in time by the will of GOD peace will come to our continent.

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malfini1- I must say I love the outfits. They're really beautiful!

Posted in 2010:

mamaafric1 - thanks for posting this wonderfull music i'm african but not from mali.. wow i loveeeeeeeeeeeeee all MALI music very original nd natural tune.

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