Thanks for the info! So, candidates so far are circumcision and wedding. Not quite the same thing
But then, maybe Sinte is a celebration rhythm that would be appropriate for either?
I've gone and done some more digging about the various ethnic groups. From what I can learn, the Landouma and the Susu are separate ethnic groups. In the notes for Youssouf Koumbassa's upcoming workshop
, it says:
YOUSSOUF was born in Guinea, West Africa. His father is from the Landouma people of Boke and his moth- er from the Baga/Susu people.
That implies that they are separate.
Similarly, Joseph Harris says in his dissertation
The earliest known of the indigenous peoples of Fouta-Diallon are the Baga, Landouma, and Tanda.
Again, this implies that the Baga and Landouma are separate ethnic groups.
But Wikipedia says
The Baga people live in the coastal area of Guinea. They can be subdivided into five groups of which Landouma is the largest, accounting for fifty percent of all ethnic Bagas. Apart from the various Baga languages, most of the Baga also speak the Mande language Susu, the regional trade language. Two Baga communities are known to have abandoned their language altogether in favour of Susu, namely the Sobané and Kaloum. The name Baga is derived from the phrase bae raka, “people of the seaside.”
This implies that the Landouma are sub-group of the Baga, but confirms that the Susu are separate from the Baga.
, it appears that the Baga were displaced in the past by the Susu and adopted Susu as a second language, so many Baga people also speak Susu, which would explain why the two sometimes get lumped together:
The Sengambians constitute about 60% of the national population and the major groups within this category are the Diola, Balanta, Nalu, Bissage, Papel, Serer, Landuma, Banhun, Baga, and Beafada.
About 1,000 years ago Susu and Malinke (Maninka) people began to encroach on the Baga, Koniagi (Coniagui), and Nalu (Nalou) populations who had been living in the area for more than 1,000 years.
The Nalu are also mentioned in an Encyclopaedia Britannica article
On the banks of the Cogon dwell the Tendas and Iolas, primitive Negro tribes allied to those of Portuguese Guinea (q.v.). All other inhabitants of French Guinea are regarded as comparatively late arrivals from the interior who have displaced the aborigines.' Among the earliest of the new comers are the Baga, the Nalu, the Landuman and the Timni, regarded as typical Negroes (q.v.).
The other tribes named are but sparsely represented in French Guinea, the coast region south of the Nunez and all the interior up to Futa Jallon being occupied by the Susu, a tribe belonging to the great Mandingan race, which forced its way seaward about the beginning of the 18th century and pressed back the Timni into Sierra Leone.
This also implies that Baga, Landouma, Nalu, and Susu are all separate.
So, Sinte seems to come from the Baga and/or Nalu. We are making progress
I found some background info about Sinte
Sinte (Nalou Fate) is a rhythm that's played with celebrations by the Nalou people, around the Boke-region in Guinea. Origianally it's played on vry large krins. Malick mails: "According to M'Bemba Bangoura, the Nalou sometimes play a very large single krin, with 3 people playing the one instrument in unison." Onno van Tongeren mentions these krin are a meter wide and 60 to 80 centimeter in diameter. Adam Klein mails: "Sinte is about a boy and girl who weren't allowed to be lovers and the girl jumped into the ocean. That, I believe, is what the leaping motion in the dance is about. I had heard that it means "jump in the fire" but that's not what it means in the language of the people the dance comes from. That name of the girl might have been Sinte, but I can't swear to it"Adam Klein. An example of this rhythm transferred t djembe and doundoun can be found on the Wali CD from M'Bemba Bangoura.
This info supports the celebration aspect of Sinte.
This is pretty much the only info I've been able to find about Sinte--information is suprisingly hard to come by. If anyone else can contribute info, I'd very much appreciate it!