Fatala

Guinea-Bissau

Gongoma Times

Fatala

Released 25 January 1993

  1. Timini
  2. Yêkêkê
  3. Maanê
  4. Gongoma Times
  5. Seoroba
  6. Bokê (N'Yaraloum-ma)
  7. Limbadji Toko
  8. Söhkö
  9. Soisisa

Liner notes

Exhilarating traditional dance music from Guinea-Bissau, in West Africa— displaying some of the deepest roots of blues, jazz and pop. Fatala is unique in modern African music as a band, formed in Paris, recreating the roots of the music of Guinea without synths or programmes.

Fatala at WOMAD Rivermead 1992. Photo credit: Pete Williams.

About the Songs

1. Timini

An opening rhythm danced by feticheurs wearing their masks

 

2. Yêkêkê

The chant of a woman labouring in the fields, sung to her baby whose crying prevents her from working

 

3. Maanê

A traditional rhythm to which African women present the beauty and skill of their dancing

 

4. Gongoma Times

The song of young people who live in freedom, and revolt against anything that threatens their liberty

 

5. Seoroba

A rhythm played as the young men return to their village after six months of initiation rituals

 

6. Bokê (N’Yaraloum-ma)

The love song of a boy from the town of Kamsar for a girl (Temedi) from the town of Boke

 

7. Limbadji Toko

The rhythm played during the”deathwalk” of an important chief of the tribe of Limbadji, as the body is returned to the place of its birth

 

8. Söhkö

The rhythm which can only be danced by a man who has proved himself capable and brave at a time of great suffering

 

9. Soisisa

A song in the Sousou dialect where the elder of the family argues with the young girls: “It’s time to go to sleep now!”

Listen

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