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Sijam Bukan - “Mamba Sambou” (Live Performance Video)
Meet Jules “Ekona” Diatta, an ekonting player, rice farmer, and palm wine harvester from the village of Mlomp in Casamance, Senegal. Diatta leads the village ensemble Sijam Bukan, meaning “Ears of the People.” Here they perform the song “Mamba Sambou,” which honors a local wrestler. It's the first single from the upcoming album 'Ears of the People,' available February 3, 2023, on CD and digital. Jules “Ekona” Diatta, ekonting David Manga, toumba Prosper Diatta, pot and spoons Marie-Claude Sarr, wuleaw and vocals Diankelle Senghor, wuleaw and vocals Gilbert Sambou, dance coordinator Video by Scott Linford Coordination by Joël Bassene Pre-order/stream: Smithsonian Folkways: Bandcamp: All other platforms: 'Ears of the People' is a collection of sublime contemporary recordings of the ekonting, a three-stringed gourd lute played by Jola people in The Gambia and the Casamance region of Senegal. The nine tradition-bearers featured on the album share stories of love, heartache, conflict, spirituality, and all that is unique and beautiful in Jola culture over the rolling lilt of the instrument. An important forebear of the American banjo, the ekonting drives lively dancing and brings these stories to life. These songs, rarely heard outside Senegambia, are a living tapestry of the Jola people and a unique interweaving of human voices and stringed instruments. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Support our work! Become a Friend of Folkways: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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4 min 32 sec
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