11" x 8.5", 2013
ink, watercolor, pencil on paper
Friday, February 8, 2013
Charles Duvelle (b. 1937) is a French musicologist best known for his ethnographic recordings made in former French territories in Africa. On Ghostcapital, one of the music blogs I follow, I found this wonderful hypnotic recording he made in Niger that appeared on Rhythmes et Chants du Niger (Ocora, 1971). The sound example Ghostcapital used in their article is also the one to appear in the Top 100: Chant de louanges Sonrai (Sonrai praise song). It was performed by the singer Doulo Soumahilou accompanied by Ibrahima Douma, who plays a kountigui (a one stringed lute), and a group of six young men who clap the rhythm.