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Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:22 pm
by kostadjembe
Hey all,

Been trying to find resources in regards to West African songs (lyrics, translation, cultural meaning).

Any ideas where to look? It is really hard to work out the words just by listening CDs and I dont want to modify the traditions! I have been using Paul Nas's notations and info but it doesnt cover everything of course.

At the moment I am trying to find a song for Sinte.

Cheers
Kosta

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:45 pm
by michi
I've never come across a song for Sinte. All the performance recordings I have for it are percussion only, and none of my teachers has ever mentioned a song for Sinte. Maybe there isn't one?

Cheers,

Michi.

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:09 am
by kostadjembe
Hey Michi,

Any plans to come down to Melbourne? Havent seen you for a while!
All the performance recordings I have for it are percussion only, and none of my teachers has ever mentioned a song for Sinte. Maybe there isn't one?
Thats what I thought too!

Do you know any good websites or books with songs and cultural info? I ve found one book but it is focusing more on Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria.

Cheers
K

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:49 am
by michi
Hi Kosta,

I might come down to Melbourne the next time there is a three- or four-day workshop. For a two-day workshop, it's not worth my while flying down...

Paul Nas's book seems to be one of the more complete references around. There is also Mamady's book of course.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a comprehensive source for cultural info on rhythms around...

Cheers,

Michi.

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:08 am
by bubudi
kosta,

there is a sweet song for sinte on seny toure's disc. here's the best job i can do of transcribing the words:

yire ma to nyamori yire ma to
gine nyaa i ma
yire ma nampera di kanye
kha me ra ne sene ko

cultural info on sinte was already covered in this thread.

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:42 pm
by Dugafola
mohammed diaby has a song on his disc.

it's also recorded by mbemba bangoura, not sure if there's a song on that one.

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:49 pm
by FreekAce
is it about a chicken needing to watch out for the big bird swooping in?

i dont know what its called, but we were singing that while playing krin a couple of weeks ago. dont have the words although i have part of it memorized. keep forgetting the last little bit:)

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:24 am
by kostadjembe
Hey guys,

Thanks so much for the info!

Michi I already have Mamady's stuff and Paul Nas's website its like an encyclopaedia!!! Thanks mate! Let me know when you are down!

Bubudi: Thanks so much for that mate! I ll try and find the song and work out the melody and the translation! It is such a beautiful rhythm and if there is a song it makes it even better! :)

Dugafola and FreekAce: Thanks guys for the info!
keep forgetting the last little bit:)


That is always the problem...:)

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:16 pm
by gr3vans
The story I've been told about sinte is that it comes from the boke region and is played on a very large krin type instrument made out of a whole tree, not just a log. The song is played by a large group of people on the one instrument. As for lyrics, I do not know a song, or if there is one, but that doesn't mean that no one has ever decided to sing something with it. Like everything else the sound has changed a bit as it was translated to instruments to accommodate the ballet.

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:08 pm
by andrew21
Hey bubudi,

you wouldn't happen to know where I could get a copy of Seny Toure's CD with Sinte on it, would you?

Thanks,

Andrew

Re: Good references for songs and cultural info (Sinte)

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:34 am
by Bruno Allard
Yes, I'm wondering the same thing. I can't find Seny Toure's CD available anywhere, but I might not be looking at the right place. I'd love to hear his version of Sinte.