Other west African instruments, like balafon, ngoni etc.
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By the kid
#27022
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
#27026
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

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Some por por music here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=9115707
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By dleufer
#27798
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.
[video]www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjv_UfIHm0s&feature=related[/video]
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.