Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura | Sekha Kan-Kolon

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Sekha Kan-Kolon

by Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura

Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura's incredible djembe sound is full of the power of the drumming traditions of Guinea, West Africa. Fana's dynamic arrangements incorporate instruments such as bala, krin, and fulani flute, creating a richly textured sound.
Genre: World: African
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1. Mane
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3:23 $1.60
2. Yoki
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4:30 $1.60
3. Kaninya Soli
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4. Toumbou Seh-Seh
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5. Serewa
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6. Santamaria
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7. Korofola
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8. 2 Doigts
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3:48 album only
9. Foret (Kirin)
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10. Konden
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Album Notes
Drumming is a profound part of who I am; it is what I was born to do. My father was a drummer and when I was a youth in the village I would often see my family perform. He and his brother had a group, watching them drum, dance, and sing was my first inspiration. While I was growing up in Guinea I formed a group with friends of mine. We would play together on plastic bottles and pieces of metal. I drummed all the time, even into the night. Soon I had all the neighbors complaining when they could not sleep, they would say, “he’s going to be a drummer.” That’s where my name originated; you see, “Fana” is from a Susu proverb for the future.

My professional career began in 1990 when my big brother’s wife brought me into the group Macaca Ballet to play djembe. After this group I began playing with another private ballet called Kounkoré Bamba Ballet. Later, I joined the Fareta Ballet, where I got my attestation – a certification of my artistic excellence – in 2000, this allowed me to work with the national groups.

I was named “Master Drummer” by the Guinean Ministry of Culture in 2008. As a performer I have been a featured soloist for two national groups of Guinea, Percussions de Guinee and Les Ballets Africains, for over 8 years. I have also served as Percussion Director for Fareta, a Guinean ballet company founded by Karim Keita (of Ballets Africains), for over 9 years. My own ensemble, Sekha-Kan Kolon, tours throughout Guinea performing and animating ceremonies throughout Guinea.


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