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Wolof Music of Senegal and the Gambia

Various Artists
Wolof Music of Senegal and the Gambia

Not surprising, given the proximity of the Wolof homeland to Saharan caravan routes, Wolof music is an intermingling of native West African styles with those of Muslim North Africa. Percussion instruments are featured prominently in Wolof music, as is the halam, believed to be the grandfather of the American banjo. Tracks include songs of praise, wedding songs, and dance rhythms. Liner notes feature photographs of Wolof musicians as well as descriptions of instruments and songs.

Track Listing

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Secular Praise Song n/a 2:24
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102
Wedding Dance Music n/a 2:39
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103
Samba Gilajagi (Folk Story) n/a 5:49
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104
Dance Rhythms n/a 2:16
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105
Tara (Traditional Song) n/a 8:01
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201
Dance Rhythms n/a 2:36
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202
Ndei Kumba ("Mother Petticoat") n/a 3:36
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203
Dance Music for Naming Ceremony (Gajo) n/a 2:36
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204
Hasida (Hymns) n/a 4:27
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Manka Yira (Praise Song) n/a 3:00

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