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The Baoule of the Ivory Coast

Various Artists
The Baoule of the Ivory Coast

Around 1730, warfare with the Ashanti of the Gold Coast drove the Baoule people to the Ivory Coast. Since settling there, the Baoule have developed a distinct music and dance culture for ceremonies honoring the gods and for secular enjoyment. In his liner notes, Donald Thurow provides extensive historical information and descriptions of instruments and ceremonies. He explains, “A rhythmic beat and a vocal chorus are a part of every folktale, and music without dancing is virtually non-existant (sic).”

Track Listing

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Goli Dance Chorus of men 4:22
102
Kloro Dance Mourners at the funeral ceremonies for a village elder 1:58
103
Heirloom Instruments Three musicians 2:00
104
Djourou Solo musician 2:48
105
Djourou Harp and Voice Solo musician 1:32
106
Flute Flute and drummer 1:01
107
Flute and Drum Flute and drummer 1:39
108
Woman's Song Female vocalist 1:39
109
Min Nouan Dance Two dancers, drums and chorus of women 7:50
201
Man's Song Male singer 1:52
202
Flute Flute and drummer 1:49
203
Anougble Festival Various musicians at the festival 2:39
204
Anougble Festival Various musicians at the festival 2:06
205
Anougble Festival Various musicians at the festival 4:53
206
Anougble Festival Various musicians at the festival 2:07
207
Xylophone Two musicians 0:46
208
Xylophone Two musicians 0:59
209
Xylophone Two musicians 1:29
210
Xylophone Two musicians 0:34
211
Xylophone Two musicians 1:28
212
Flute Vocal rendition of flute music 2:12
213
Vocal, With Chorus Vocalist with chorus 1:56

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