Fakoly Fasa

from Sabouy by Sabouyouma

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"Fakoli was a military leader and medicine man that allied with Sunjata Keita to defeat Sumouro Kante when he tried to take over Mandinka states in the 13th century.* Fakoli was revered for his bravery and his cunning skill with magic. And this story is retold through the griot repertoire of songs that recount the Sunjata Keita epic. The rhythm Fakoli is played for respectable leaders and those who have done good deeds."

- Rakha, Vijay, dir. 2008. M'Bemba Fakoli: A Musical Journey Through Guinea, West Africa. Abaraka Music.



Written and arranged by Ousmane Camara


from Sabouy, track released November 20, 2018
Recorded/engineered by Dan Davine

Mixed by Vince Chiarito:
Hivemind Studios, Brooklyn NY

Mastered by Josh Giunta

Horns, flute, and keyboard recorded by Vince Chiarito

Special Guests:
Ismael "Bonfils" Kouyate - vocals
Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II - tenor sax, bari sax, flute, horn arrangement
Sean Smith - trumpet, casio keyboard, horn arrangement
Sylvain Leroux - fula flute

Ousmane Camara - balafon, vocals
Adina Ford - balafon
Assane Coly - Senegalese talking drum ("tama")
Dan Bishop - bass
Graham Lambert - guitar
Jesse Rosenfield - drumset, percussion
Josh Morse - melodica, percussion


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Sabouyouma Burlington, Vermont

A 7-piece Afro-Funk groove machine led by Guinean-born balafonist Ousmane Camara. If Camara is the heart and soul of the band, then Senegalese percussionist Assane Coly is the backbone. With his fluency in the Senegalese vocal-drum language, and his religious roots in the Bayefal sect of Sufism, his rhythms often feel like percussive praise poetry that mystically conjurs the audience into motion. ... more

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