The Bari Ensemble: Traditional Bamana Music from the Segou Region of Mali
The word Bari means “health” in Bamana, and is also the name of the distinct drum which forms the basis of much of the village music of this region.
This recording of The Bari Ensemble shows them as they would be heard today, in the Segou Region of Mali, West Africa. The origins of the Bari are in the Southern Wassoulou Regions of the Old Malian Empire. The group regularly plays weddings, circumcisions, baptisms and other important ceremonies. When the head of the Bari drum breaks, it is fixed in the village cemetary. When it is finished, the drum is carried backwards by the musician out of the cemetary, so as not to turn his back on his ancestors. Although times change, the people of the Fouta Zambougou villages continue to survive mainly as they have for centuries
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