Singing - lyrics and melodies

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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby archetypo » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:53 pm

My favorite disc for songs is probably Billy Konate's disc, Siyara Manden Mansa, although I think all of Billy's CDs have lots of beautiful singing. The singing on Fakoli gives me goosebumps every time.
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby Dugafola » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:56 pm

archetypo wrote:My favorite disc for songs is probably Billy Konate's disc, Siyara Manden Mansa, although I think all of Billy's CDs have lots of beautiful singing. The singing on Fakoli gives me goosebumps every time.


love that disc too...

my only problem is that the vox are too hot on most of the tracks...
should i shave my moustache?
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby archetypo » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:00 pm

my only problem is that the vox are too hot on most of the tracks...


Maybe ever so slightly, but that's actually one of the things I like about it. I find with a lot of discs I'd like to be able to hear the singing better, and I find myself straining to make out words and pronunciation.
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby Dugafola » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:10 pm

archetypo wrote:
my only problem is that the vox are too hot on most of the tracks...


Maybe ever so slightly, but that's actually one of the things I like about it. I find with a lot of discs I'd like to be able to hear the singing better, and I find myself straining to make out words and pronunciation.


YEA...it's definitely out front. just wished they would have blended it a bit more. it's mostly Fanta's singing...her voice is very powerful and guttural sounding.

but it's billy's best sounding disc by far.
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby bkidd » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:32 am

duga wrote:
don't neglect the an bada sofoli disc!!!


yeah, yeah. i have a bunch in my current playlist. basically all of mansa camio's stuff, billy konate's recordings, and famoudou's CDs. they're all fantastic.

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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby zeryks » Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:38 pm

djembefeeling wrote:Dembagnouma (Madan/Djagbe):

Sisseba dembagnouma iyé,
Sisseba dembagnouma,
Sisseba koromi yé kami fan tötö,
Sisseba dembagnouma iyé

Sisseba, the mother hen,
Who takes care of other people's children
As she does her own:
You are a good mother.
Sisseba, the mother hen,
You are a good mother.


Hello I just found this forum and become a member.I am looking for lyrics of this song and found your response.Can ask if there is also the rest of lyrics?Can share it with me? thank you very much
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby zeryks » Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:23 pm

djembefeeling wrote:Dembagnouma (Madan/Djagbe):

Sisseba dembagnouma iyé,
Sisseba dembagnouma,
Sisseba koromi yé kami fan tötö,
Sisseba dembagnouma iyé

Sisseba, the mother hen,
Who takes care of other people's children
As she does her own:
You are a good mother.
Sisseba, the mother hen,
You are a good mother.


Hello,
I just registrated few days ago.Looking for this song quite long time...
Can I ask you if theres also the rest of lyrics? Can you also share it with us? Thank you very much in advance. really love Baba Toures Djagbe and this song.
Here is also very nice played, especialy like conductor :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9bk7z5 ... E-cOveFn6A
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby Crispy » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:04 pm

This is probably my favourite song in our repertoire: http://youtu.be/rZ9ADMBL_-Q

I love the structure of the call and response and the transition to 12/8 at around 4:20 gives me shivers. I've been told it translates to something along the lines of "here come the djembefolas, and they don't mess around". Can anybody confirm this?

I'm not one of natures born singers though. I used to hate the thought of it, but it's growing on me slowly :)
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby djembefeeling » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:58 pm

Crispy wrote:Can anybody confirm this?


yes, I was told the same thing

Aye sila bila yo eburuye temi
Wolu ma wendyelo(n)
Aye sila bila yo djembe-folaluye temi
wolu ma wendyelo(n)
Ehh-e-e eburuye temi
Wolu ma wendyelo(n)
Aye sila bila yo Man-den-kaluye temi
wolu ma wendyelo(n)

Make way, make way for the Mande chiefs, they don't mess around
make way, make way for the djembefolas, they don't mess around
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby Crispy » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:03 pm

djembefeeling wrote:
Crispy wrote:Can anybody confirm this?


yes, I was told the same thing

Aye sila bila yo eburuye temi
Wolu ma wendyelo(n)
Aye sila bila yo djembe-folaluye temi
wolu ma wendyelo(n)
Ehh-e-e eburuye temi
Wolu ma wendyelo(n)
Aye sila bila yo Man-den-kaluye temi
wolu ma wendyelo(n)

Make way, make way for the Mande chiefs, they don't mess around
make way, make way for the djembefolas, they don't mess around

Sweet, thanks! What do your (n)'s signify there?
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby djembefeeling » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:05 pm

Crispy wrote:What do your (n)'s signify there?

written, not spoken
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby michi » Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:43 am

I really like this piece. Listening to it, I wouldn't have guessed that Mamady is soloing. It sounds different from his usual style… But it's definitely his voice.

Which recording is this from?

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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby djembefeeling » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:47 am

Dennadon Kanin from Nankama. It's also one of my favorite Mamady Keita pieces :D
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby Polirivers » Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:33 am

Hi!! Has somebody the lyric Of the song "maoka" Of baba toure? It's really very difficult to find!! Thanks a lot!!
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Re: Singing - lyrics and melodies

Postby Bruno Allard » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:13 am

Hi Everyone,
For me, until now the album I've learned the most songs from is Mamady Keita's Sila Laka. It includes a great song for Kassa (Kondon tilu barana), Kuku (kuku wé ni karo bora é), Djolé (Laïlaïko Korobé), Soli Lent (Aïtï iwuliba), Sobuninkun (Mory lé), Tiriba (Djoliba), and more. All of these songs are very accessible, include the lyrics, translations, and an explanation. I highly recommend it. What other albums would you recommend that fit that characteristic?
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