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Music from Aluku: Maroon Sounds of Struggle, Solace, and Survival

Various Artists
Music from Aluku: Maroon Sounds of Struggle, Solace, and Survival

The Aluku (also known as the Boni) are survivors. Roughly 8,000 strong, the Aluku are an African American Maroon people whose territory lies on the borderlands of French Guiana and Suriname, in a part of the Amazon basin that extends to the northeastern coast of South America and belongs culturally as much to the Caribbean as to Amazonia. Born out of resistance to slavery some three centuries ago, the Aluku have endured to the present in the face of formidable odds. Today, their survival is threatened once again, as they cope with the assimilationist policies of the French state (of which most Aluku are now citizens), as well as ever-escalating incursions into their territory by multinational corporations and independent gold miners. The fate of their Amazonian rain forest environment—not to mention their cultural and political autonomy—hangs precariously in the balance.

Track Listing

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MATO: "Amígole saté, pínta balúba" n/a 2:12
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MATO: "Kidéndele, kidéndele, sani taampu-oo" Sa Buki, et. al. 1:32
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SUSA (Drumming with Vocals) n/a 3:16
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SUSA (Drumming) n/a 2:01
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SONGE: "Pe lobi de, mma?" (Where is the love, mama?) Ba Aluwa 1:13
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SONGE (Extended Drumming with Vocals) n/a 9:55
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107
AWASA (Drumming with Vocals) n/a 1:10
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AWASA: "Ma Senuwe" Ba Aluwa 2:09
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AWASA (Extended Drumming with Vocals) n/a 3:23
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TUKA (Old Style): "Dede, dede namo, yee" Papa Bantifo, et. al. 2:33
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TUKA (New Style) n/a 2:48
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TUKA (Dondowen): "Tonkoli Suku Maite, Molí Mawá" n/a 1:32
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KUMANTI (Song Accompanied by Agwado): "Mi dasi-oo, Nana-oo, yee" Ba Dakan 0:58
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KUMANTI (Drumming) n/a 0:36
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KUMANTI: "Tide ontuo e piki-oo, kugulu man alali" Ba Aluwa 0:53
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KUMANTI (Song Accompanied by Agwado): "Suku a sole bamban, obia, pe fu a piki, a piiti nou" Ba Dakan 0:49
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TUTU (Solo Flute) Papa Tobu 1:06
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AGWADO (Solo Song with Agwado Accompaniment): "Basi Agwado, odi, odi, odi-oo" Ba Dakan 1:26
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ALEKE: "Mabula (Mabuya) go na Ndyuka" n/a 0:57
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ALEKE: "Na so, mi mama, yee, fa wi e begi (alt., kali) a golon wenti, mi mama, yee" A Sa Yeepi 4:37
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ALEKE: "Di mi na a moni, fa mi o du-ee? Mi o go koti baana-oo, fu mi go seli a bilo" Ba Lome 2:52
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AGWADO (Solo Song with Agwado Accompaniment): "Basia Lomi, yu mu kali Kwaku gi mi" Papa Tobu 2:11
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BOTOO TUTU (Flute Language) Papa Tobu 0:26
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FON KEN (Work Song, for Pounding Sugarcane) n/a 3:00
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KWADYO (Solo Song): "Asa-oo, papa ngúlinya, ngúlinya" Papa Aneli 0:27
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KWADYO (Drumming with Vocals): "Adyaini-oo, mi na man" Ba Peson, et. al. 1:13
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AGWADO (Solo Song with Agwado Accompaniment): "Alabi, sipi e booko genti e kon" Papa Aneli 2:17
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PAPA (VODU) (Drumming) Pap Pwen, et. al. 0:32
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PAPA (VODU) (Chanting) Ma Bwi 4:55
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PAPA (VODU) (Drumming with Vocals) Ma Yakoba, et. al. 5:50
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UMAN DAGUWE Ma Maidon, et. al. 1:43
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SONGE (Full Ensemble) Ba Aluwa 2:41
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