THE FULA FLUTE CD
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FIERY FLUTE FOUND
FULA FLUTE
(Blue Monster Records 002)

Sylvain Leroux has produced the first full recording of the West African tambin or fulani flute, a three holed transverse flute made from a vine. A little known instrument from the highlands of Guinea, this instrument is stunning in its expression. Like the Slovakian fujara, it is played in overtones, but when a voice is also added, the result is a powerful burst of multiphonics that raises the hairs on your neck, raises your eyebrows and brings an involuntary "wow" to your lips!

The star of this album is definitely Bailo Bah, who has been playing the tambin since childhood. His performances, whether solo or with an ensemble of kora, balafon and percussion, are powerful and very expressive. Yet we are also treated to Sylvain playing on a couple of tracks and the difference is slight but interesting. If you looking for something less energetic, this music could wear on you, as it definitely jumps out of the speakers, but for those who like their music hot, this is for you! More information can be found at: www.fulaflute.net.

Randy Raine-Reusch
Musicworks #85 Spring 2003
www.musicworks.ca

 

 
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