guinea fare

Bangoura, M'Bemba. 1999. Fandji.

(Giné Faré)

A woman's [sic] dance performed at marriage and birthday ceremonies by the SouSou people of Guinea, West Africa.

Forè Foté. 1999. Wonberé: Music and Dance in Black and White.

(Guinè Faré)

This traditional Susu rhythm and dance was originally played using only Balafon—a 27 slated key, non tempered, wooden xylophone with guard [sic] resonators affixed to the bottom, Boté—a small bowl shaped drum with cow skin stretched over one side and played with a flat mallet in one hand and a bell struck with metal rings attached to the fingers in the other, and Papa—a small yembé. Meaning "Women's Dance" it is traditionally performed for the bride-to-be the night before her wedding day. As with this arrangement, it is now popularly played with yembé and dunduns. The first song is one of welcoming in Susu, introducing each person in the group and where they are from.

M'bakhi fadeya Dibo namma, m'bakhi fadeya keli La Guinée.

The second song is for Dibo's mom, thanking her and then offering prayers for her life.

Ntata muminiyo woiyo muminiyo ngaa Mato Sylla
Walindeké khiya alakha barayi fiama muminyo.

Koumbassa, Youssouf. 1999. Wongai: Let's Go! Vol. 2. New York, NY: B-rave Studio/Youssouf Koumbassa.

(Guinea Fare)

Guinea Fare is a women's dance from Guinea. This is one famous dance from Guinea; from the Susu people.*

* Transcription mine.

Percussions de Guinée. 2002. Les Genies du Djembe. Konkoba Music.

(Ginè Faré)

Origin: Lower Guinea.

The young girls lead the whole village into a polyrhythmic show with a delicious cocktail of rhythms and styles dedicated to all the countrymen and farmers.

Bangoura, Mohamed "Bangouraké." 2004. Djembe Kan.

(Guinea Faré)

From the Bass-Guinea region.

Guinea Fare means "woman's dance." This song is about a boy missing his mother who has died. It says that when his mother was around and next to him, she always took care of him. Now that he is growing up and he has money, he wants to help his mother and do things for her but he is sad because she is no longer alive. Every time he is by himself he thinks about his mother. He misses her very much.

Camara, Naby. 2007. Lagni-Sussu Kanteli.

(Guinee Fare)

Women's dance for celebrations, mostly weddings.

Bangoura, Kerfala "Fana." 2008. Sekha Kan-Kolon. Self-produced.


From Base [sic] Guinea. Played during various Sousou ceremonies.

Camara, Naby. 2010. Balaphone Instruction. Vol. 1. Earthtribe Percussion.

(Guinea Fare)

A popular rhythm that means womans [sic] dance. Played for many different celebrations.

Bangoura, M'Bemba. 2011. Wamato: Everybody Look! Featuring Master Drummer, M'bemba Bangoura. Vol. 1. Wula Drum Inc.

(Guinea Fare)

The Guinea Fare rhythm, the reason we call it Guinea Fare is it's a woman's dance. "Guinea" is woman. "Fare" is dance. The rhythm comes from Guinea, West Africa. Mostly it comes from the Basse Côte in Guinea. People play Guinea Fare for the wedding, the happy dance for the newborn baby. Anything that's happy, the women come together and they play Guinea Fare. Guina Fare is mostly played with the balaphone. Mostly balaphone is one of the leaders for Guinea Fare. So balaphone and one djembe and the bote. The bote is one that has a bell on top, that's how they play Guinea Fare.

Delbanco, Åge. 2012. West African Rhythms. Charleston, SC: Seven Hawk.

(Guiné Faré)

Susu rhythm from coastal guinea; Women's dance played before marriage.

(Yokui / Guiné Faré)

A rhythm for womens [sic] dance (guiné faré) played at marriage ceremonies.