BANGOURAKE: Traditional Rhythms from Guinée – Vol 2
He is described in Guinea as the man with “Hands of Fire”, “the Lion of Matam”, and already regarded by many connoisseurs as one of the best amongst Master Drummers of the world. His life totally dedicated to the music and his traditions, mesmerizing audiences with his out of this world skills, power and virtuosity. Bangouraké is a true master through initiation and ability.
Mohamed was born in Guinea, West Africa in a village called Bourramya-Koubya. This village is a few hours north of the capital, Conakry. Mohamed started to play at the age of 5 years old and has always been surrounded by music throughout his life. Mohamed was a member of the international acclaimed “Percussion de Guinee” and other National Ballet Ensembles based in Conakry. Since Mohamed was born, he has been known as Bangourake’, which means “Bangoura Man”. Bangourake’ was born into a Griot family – it is Griot tradition to carry the African traditional culture through music and song, and to pass on the stories of West Africa. Playing music, singing and dancing is part of Griot life. Bangourake’ is proud of his heritage and his responsibilities as a Griot. He hopes to carry his tradition and music through his life and share it with people all around the world. Bangourake’ currently resides in Australia where he is constantly sharing his tradition through classes, workshops and performances.
Mohamed Bangoura “Bangouraké”
Ibrahima Sory Sylla
1. Wassolon Soli (Malinke)
2. Foli (Malinke)
3. Wanai (Foret from Masanta region)
4. Mane (Susu)
5. Macrou Rumba (Susu)
6. Konon (Malinke)
7. Kassa Dibon (Malinke)