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Niger / Northern Benin: Music of the Fulani

Various Artists
Niger / Northern Benin: Music of the Fulani

The Fulani are a very large, predominantly Muslim group of people living in communities scattered across Sub-Saharan Africa with the largest concentration in present-day Nigeria. Despite the distances between them and influences of their diverse local circumstances, the Fulani share a number of customs, with close similarities in language, crafts, and music.

According to ethnomusicologist Simha Arom, the role of music in Fulani society is one of art whose primary purpose is to give pleasure and provide entertainment. This collection of field recordings made by Arom presents the music of the Fulani living in Niger and Benin (formerly Dahomey). The musical instruments vary slightly between regions, but they are always portable; the Fulani are nomadic. A millet stalk flute and a calabash gourd is the most common instrumental pairing in their music; however, this album also contains examples of the lute, reed pipe, and Jew’s harp.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

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Keree Di Baaba Tooto (Verses in honor of Father Tooto) Ibraahiima Arba, Haamidu Hamma 2:35
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102
Asaru Na War E Maa Mahamuudu, Sumaana, Braahiima 3:15
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103
Malleeri Aamadu-Burayma, Abdullay-Aamadu 2:08
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104
Pakapaka (a, b, c, d) Mahamuudu, Hamma, Abdullaay 6:58
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105
Araabo (In the Arabian manner) n/a 2:23
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106
Kompule n/a 3:13
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107
Flagellation Song Gadu 1:49
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108
Bule Toko n/a 2:47
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109
Lalle Damii 2:17
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110
Ere Ere Damii 2:01
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111
Pounding Millet n/a 3:40
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112
Bunyon n/a 3:11
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113
Four Flagellation Songs (a, b, c, d) Gadu 2:43
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114
Asibu n/a 2:33

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