Other west African instruments, like balafon, ngoni etc.
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By the kid
Maybe leufer will see this tread and explain more about the trumpet that Famoudou is playing. I believe its an old french military trumpet which was left when the troups were leaving guinea after independence.
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By e2c
I wonder if it's a child's toy... it's too small to be a pocket trumpet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_trumpet )

Might even be some sort of bulb horn with the bulb taken off. It would be easy enough to blow into one and get a sound... they've been used in Ghana for ensemble playing. (Por por music.) Here's one style: http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... J0BEPMCMAQ


Some por por music here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=9115707
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By dleufer
Aha, I asked a lot about these horns when I was over there. What I was told is that they are old hunting horns left behind by French colonizers. The hunters may have traded them with the villagers. I tried to buy one over there but I was told that most villages would only have one if they even had one. I saw standard whistles being used in much the same way over there.
I had a look on Ebay and in various places for one.
http://cgi.ebay.fr/trompe-de-chasse-/22 ... 336bec42bb
I reckon something like this would sound similar. I'd love to get one, let it rip during Gbada!

An awful idea came into my head during a fete once:
I could introduce the Vuvuzela to Guinea :twisted:
For those of you who don't know what a Vuvuzela is, it's an incredibly loud plastic horn which is popular at South African football matches. It's based on a traditional type of horn. They had to ban them from the Euro 2012 cup because of the insane noise they make, distracting players and causing hearing damage to fans.
Anyways, it occurred to me that they would probably catch on like wildfire in Guinea and I'd be singlehandedly responsible for ruining Guinean music.