Black Bear Moon Rhythm Ensemble | Wading into the River Djoliba

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Wading into the River Djoliba

by Black Bear Moon Rhythm Ensemble

African flute, balafon, djembe and dunun drums, bolon, and more combine in these skillfully crafted renditions of traditional Mandinka rhythms and songs, from Guinea, West Africa. A percussive, melodic, and upbeat journey into African music.
Genre: World: African- West
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1. Dara
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2. Sofa
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3. Numun
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4. Balanen
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5. Daaba
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6. Soro Dauda
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7. Kawa de Faranah
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8. Soliwulen Lent
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9. Soliwulen
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10. Taama Diya Lé
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11. Wading into the River Djoliba
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About the album: "Wading into the River Djoliba" (From the album's liner notes)

Known locally as Djoliba (meaning great river), the Niger River flows through five African nations over a course of 2,600 miles. Originating in the highlands of Guinea, and running a crescent through Mali, Niger, Benin and Nigeria, the river winds through lush tropical forest, vast savannah, and the arid sand dunes of the Sahara before eventually draining into the Gulf of Guinea. For thousands of years, the Djoliba has been a life source for those who have lived along its banks, nourishing some of the most remote regions of the planet. It is along these banks that the music you hold in your hands was born.

Wading into the River Djoliba is music that evokes a distant place where time is measured by the flowing of the river and by the seasonal arrival of the rains...where the humid night air is pierced by the sound of drums across the river. The music on this album is your guide on a journey to a place deep in Africa, on the banks of the great Niger, the River Djoliba. With your bags on your back, you wade into the river's cool water, and climb carefully into the wooden canoe, waiting to take you across. The crescent moon is setting into the forest trees; night has engulfed the village. The boatman pushes off, and with each stroke of his pole the pirogue brings you closer to another world, just on the shores of the far bank. The sounds of the drums become louder and clearer, reverberating through the night, rising up through the forest canopy. You have left your own world behind...let the music take you!

About the Black Bear Moon Rhythm Ensemble:

The Black Bear Moon Rhythm Ensemble was founded by artist and musician Dave Kobrenski in 2001 in New Hampshire, USA. Kobrenski, an accomplished musician, artist, and educator, studied traditional Mande music styles in Guinea, West Africa, with master musicians such as Famoudou Konaté, Nansady Keita, and other drummers of the region, over a six-year period of yearly sojouns into the Malinké heartland in the Hamanah region of Guinea. Kobrenski also studied the tambin (known also as the fulani flute, a type of African flute) extensively with a master of the Malinké flute tradition, Lanciné Condé.

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Wading into the River Djoliba
This CD is amazing. Each tune brings new energy to the listening experience! Check it out!

Marion Corliss

Wading into the River Djoliba
I first heard this group in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and was intrigued with the music. I had never heard it before. I am hearing disabled and cannot hear all tones, so music is pretty much lost to me. But the rhythm of the drums put my feet to dancing! It reminded me of a scene in the movie \"Children of a Lesser God\" where the deaf students learn to feel the beat of the music and dance to it. Thank you for bringing it to us. Marion Corliss


Love it!!
The first time I listened to this CD I was driving.....I\'d notice that where a song would really pick up, I\'d be driving way to fast. I think I was enjoying myself a little to much. My personal favorite would be #3 Numun. It\'s such a happy upbeat song.


"Wading into the River Djoliba"
As an artist and a director of a visual art center in Kenosha, WI, I have a reverence for creative minds, and excellently prepared work. This CD feeds my imagination and brings me joy. You can tell that the artists LOVE what they are doing...and that always makes me smile.