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Jim Gardner
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A night in the company of Mamane Barka is a chance not just to experience a beautiful, forgotten music, but to hear the fascinating story of one man's mission to save a sacred harp and the rich musical traditions of the Boudouma nomads from extinction.

Mamane Barka was born into a family of Toubou nomads and grew up to become a teacher and then a celebrated ngurumi player and pop musician in Niger. A decade ago Mamane heard about the beautiful sound of the biram, an enormous boat shaped 5-stringed harp sacred to the Boudouma people of Lake Chad. When he learnt there was only one elderly player of the instrument remaining Mamane went to live with the Boudouma to study with the old master to learn the instrument and to be initiated into itís rituals and ancient mythical songs. On the death of the master, Mamane was bequeathed the biram and charged with bringing the biram to the attention of the wider world.

Now Mamane maintains the tradition by touring the world with master drummer Oumarou Adamou, the son of a Hausa griot, whose trance-enducing percussion is the bedrock of this extraordinarily powerful desert blues.

Genres: World Music

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