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Mamane Barka at the Joe Cornish Gallery

Event/Launch Dates: 20th May 2014

Joe Cornish Galleries are proud to present Mamane Barka, the last known player of the Biram harp.

Mamane Barka was born into a family of Toubou nomads and grew up to become a teacher 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, he went to live with the Boudouma to study the instrument and to be initiated into its 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.

Mamane Barka presents the songs of the Boudouma together with one percussionist, who plays three different kinds of traditional Nigerian percussion: Kalangou, Calebasse and of course the Douma, a spiritual drum, used for the secret rhythms of the Haussa trance dance “Bori”. Omar, the percussionist is he himself a griot, initiated in these secret rhythms.

Mamane will be joining us for a session of traditional music played on the Biram. Times and tickets TBA.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please email or call the Gallery for further information:
Email: info@joecornishgallery.co.uk
Tel: 01609 777404

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