Photographer:web | Fatoumata Diawara Photographer:web | King Sunny Ade Photographer:web | Franco Luambo Makiadi Photographer:web | Sona Jobarteh Photographer:web | Djelimady Tounkara
21 Jan / 2018Program by:
Featured: Various artistsLanguage: English

Guitars in Africa

Udobteley guitar is the most traveled and played instrument on the palnet, and as such it played also a prominent role in development of African music.
But musicians in Africa have expanded the instrument’s technical and expressive potential in several ways. First, they have demonstrated the creative potential of the non-chord driven approaches such as the widely used “two-finger” technique, which interweaves single line parts in cyclical patterns that capture distinctively African musical interplay. Second, they have shown how the guitar can embody the melodic and percussive language of a wide range of other instruments, such as the xylophone (ex. Mande balafon), spike lute (ex. Mande ngoni), harp (ex. Akan seperewa), and thumb piano (ex. Shona mbira). Third, African guitarists have developed an approach to soloing that is simultaneously supportive and melodic and expanded the guitar’s sonic palette with a range of techniques: finger-style, percussive palm-muted, electric lead, and funky chords and riffs.

Djelimady Tounkara – Fanta Bourama
Oliver Mtukudzi – Ndima Ndapedza
Ali Farka Toure – Penda Yoro
Tinariwen – Islegh Taghram Tifhamam
Jean Bosco Mwenda -Pole Pole Ya Kuina
Franco Luambo Makiadi- Lukusa Tanzi
Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo – Tour a Tour
Henry Makobi-Someni Vijana
King Sunny Ade – Jan Fun Mi Dub
Boubacar Traore – Minuit
Habib Koite – Takamba
Ali Farka Toure & Boubacar Traore – Diarabi
Djessou Mory Kante ft. Djelimady Tounkara – Toubaka
Vieux Farka Toure Safare
Oumou Sangare – Magnoumako
Fatoumata Diawara – Clandestin
Sauti Sol – N’dja
Sona Jobarteh – Saya

Habib Koite & Bamada- Africa