Fatala. 1993. Gongoma Times. Realworld/Caroline, CAROL-2331-2. Originally published 1988 by WOMAD.


A traditional rhythm to which African women present the skill and beauty of their dancing.

Bangoura, M'Bemba. 2004. Wofabé.


Region: Bená; Ethnic group: Sousou

Camara, Alkhaly. 2004. Xylophone Masters: Guinea; Alkhaly Camara, Vol. 1. Marimbalafon, MBCD001.

(Mané / Manneh)

Song for women.

Camara, Alkaly. 2005. Alkaly Camara: Master Balafonist Vol. 1. Dununya, 2395.


Mane is a sousou song for women.

You all laugh together. You can see a man's nice clothes, but you don't see in his heart. The world's name is, "many days."

Benkadi. 2006. Moné Mani. Leo Brooks, LB006.


This rhythm is from the Susu people of coastal Guinea. It is one of many rhythms qualified as "Guinea Faré" or Women's Dances.

Camara, Fode Moussa "Lavia." 2007. Bèmankan. Self-produced.


Manè is from the west coast of Guinea, Mané is originally from the Su-Su people. Traditionally this rhythm is played in honor of women who are in their prime.

Diaby, Mohamed. 2007. Ala Na Na. Mohamed Diaby.

(Benna Mané)

From the Susu people in the Benna region. Typically this is a women's dance.

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


From Base [sic] Guinea. Also played during various Soussou ceremonies.

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


Mane is a Sousou song from the region of Guinea-Bassa [sic]. It is played for wedding and baptism celebrations.

Bangoura, M'Bemba. 2011. Wamato: Everybody Look! Featuring Master Drummer, M'bemba Bangoura. Vol. 2. Wula Drum Inc.


Mane is Guinea Fare, is Guinea Fare family. Guinea is "woman". Fare is "dance". Inside, you got Mane. You got the Temoure, you got the Yogui. We play Mane with balaphone because in Mane, we don't have sangban, dundun, kenkeni. Mostly, Mane is Soussou people's music. The Soussou people play Mane. They play Mane for the celebration, wedding, happy dance, coming together.

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


Susu rhythm from coastal Guinea, played before marriage.