Donso music is usually associated with donson’goni, the six-stringed harp-lute played by the musicians of the brotherhood. Sometimes I saw a few drums being added, but only with a secondary role. The foreground is taken by the bard’s voice, and instrumental music often represents just a background for his praises and epic songs. With surprise I discovered that my teacher’s junior brother, Lacole Traoré, is leading a group that also includes a balan, the xylophone usually known as balafon, plus some talking drums.
Yere Majigi means, in Jula, diminish yourself, with reference to a attitude of humility in front of a teacher. The group plays in the Samogogwan area for authorities, weddings, funerals or hunters’ ceremonies, and participates to national culture festivals like the Semaine Nationale de la Culture. This video was shot in Samogogwan on October the 29th, 2010.
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Lacole Hamadou Traoré - Balafon
Diakari Traoré - Donson'goni and leading voice
Bakari-Sie Ouattara - Donson'goni and accompanying voice
Fuseni Traoré - Negeshien and donsoflé
Tiemogo Traoré - Negeshien
Daouda Traoré - Longa
Moussa Traoré - Longa