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by Fore-Fote

Explosive and passionate, internationally renowned master djembe drummer M. Lamine "Dibo" Camara leads an all-star troupe through firey new arrangements of the traditional music of Guinea, West Africa. Features djembe, dunduns, kora, krinyi and more.
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1. Yole
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2. Yankadi
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3. Ligueba
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4. Yuri Fare
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5. Tiriba
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6. Guine Fare
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7. Sunu
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8. Soli
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9. Doundoumba
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10. Sembe Fare
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11. Soko
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12. New Kassa/Mendiani
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13. Sabar
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Album Notes
"... This is a yembe (djembe) extravaganza, a wonderful collection of tunes that constantly push forward, encouraging everyone to dance." David Licht - Modern Drummer (April 2000).

Rated Five out of Five Djembe's. Jan Hitzner - Djembe Magazine (Oct.-Dec. 1999)

"Outstanding performance of traditional music presented in a timeless context ... A milestone in music, bridging the gap between cultures and making accessable a whole new world of percussion." Frank Lazzaro - World Music Radio.

"A very nice collection of traditional rhythms that any lover of West African jembe music should own." George Sherouse - WDXU Radio.

"Wonbere," meaning "With Joy," celebrates the rich diversity and spirit of the major ethnic groups of the traditional core djembe playing culture in and around Guinea, West Africa. In these societies there are traditional rhythms and dances for virtually every event in a person's life- from naming ceremonies to rite-of-passage ceremonies; rhythms for work, for celebration, marriage, welcome, etc.--and it is for these aspects of daily life that the djembe and its music exist and from this that the music of Fore-Fote begins. Applied to these ancient rhythms is the imaginitiveness of Master Drummer M. Lamine "Dibo" Camara, whose heart-pounding arrangements of these rhythms he learned as a child bring the traditional a brilliant and contemporary twist.

Wonbéré's 74 minutes of professionally digitally recorded and mastered audio features renowned soloist M. Lamine "Dibo" Camara with his international group of acclaimed musicians: Brother A. Miguel Camara (from Guinea), adopted son and apprentice Ryan M. Camara (U.S.), and Jason Hann (U.S.). Together they race through the richly syncopated and highly energetic arrangements utilizing the traditional instruments of Guinea.

The Djembe drum (Sanbanyi or Yembe in Susu) traces its heritage to the caste of blacksmiths that occupied the former Mali Empire by at least the 12th century. The three notes it produces cover a large sonic spectrum making it both a solo and accompaniment instrument. The Dununs (Doundoumba, Sangban, and Kenkeni) are large, lower-pitched cylindrical drums that are played with sticks and have bells (Kenken) attached to them which are played with a small piece of metal. They provide both the rhythmic and melodic base for the djembe orchestra. Two other traditional instruments that can be heard on Wonbere are the Krinyi (log drum from the forest region) and Seke-Seke (shakers). Acclaimed Kora legend and Griot Prince Diabate makes a special guest appearance on several tracks. The Kora, a 21-stringed traditional African harp, sizzles as it blends with guest singers from Les Ballets Africains, Mouminatou Camara and Hawa Conde, to weave a beautiful melodic tapestry into the pulsating rhythms.

The Wonbere package is completed with an in-depth, 12-page CD booklet written by Fore-Fote artist/producer Ryan M. Camara. As an ethnomusicology major at UCLA, Ryan began researching the history of the instruments and rhythms of Guinea but soon discovered there was very little solid information to be found. His studies were vastly enriched and many of the blanks were filled in when, starting in 1997, he began making yearly journeys to Guinea to study the music at its source where it is still a living, breathing part of the daily lives of the people from whom it sprang. The booklet details the histories and origins of the instruments and rhythms as well as the documenting the story of his teacher, M. Lamine "Dibo" Camara and Company Fore-Fote.



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Jawara Al Khamite

This cd is dynOmite
The percussion and vocal repertoire on this cd is very good, for listening, dancing, and learning. Being a musician, and music instructor i get so excited hearing these rhythms, i dance, play along with the cd.
The only descrepency from a techniclal audio engineering perspective that i detect is that the recording of each instrument could've been clearer in the mix.
Other than this is a superb cd.
I espeacially enjoy sunu, tiriba, guine fare, and soko.

Big Up

Irene Baird

Great , Brings back being at Fore-Fote Can't wait to return in April.
The CD stays true to the West African culture, and delivers
songs with a zest for there life. I am happy to listen to it
every day. Please let me know when T shirts,and hat's come in.Wish you all the best.

World Discoveries

"... as good or better a group as we have ever heard."
If you like your traditional West African drumming 'uncorrupted' by electric instruments, Fore-Fote's WONBERE: MUSIC AND DANCE IN BLACK AND WHITE might be just what you're looking for.

The drummers on this recording didn't grow up together in a traditional African village (ok, actually two of them did: group leader Dibo and his brother Miguel), but they still play styles of the former Manding empire (music of Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Gambia).

The man who put this all together is master drummer and visionary teacher Lamine 'Dibo' Camara, who trained with the best traditional music teachers in his native Guinea, then left, forming award-winning group after group in Africa, Europe, and now America.

Fore-Fote means black-white in the Susu language of coastal Guinea and true enough, one of the drummers on this recording is white. You would never guess that by listening to WONBERE: MUSIC AND DANCE IN BLACK AND WHITE.

Decades of playing and teaching have helped 'Dibo' and Miguel find the creme de la creme of students: the proof is in the listening, as good or better a group as we have ever heard.

An extra delight is the sense of swing found in some tunes which begs the question "is swing actually of African origin?"

Fore-Fote is only a four-member group, but you'll swear there just has to be more of them. Three members sing as a group chorus, but the emphasis is on instrumentals, and all members teach traditional drumming and dance at schools and universities around the world: truly awesome talents.

Modern Drummer - David Licht

This is a yembe (djembe) extravaganza, a wonderful collection of tunes that cons
Modern Drummer - April 2000
Wonbere ("With Joy") is the aptly titled CD from M. Lamine "Dibo" Camara & Company Fore-Fote. ("Black and White"). The Camara Brothers are Susu people who have been involved with the national ballet of Guinea and are now on their own path. This is a yembe (djembe) extravaganza, a wonderful collection of tunes that constantly push forward, encouraging everyone to dance. (8 of 10 stars) - David Licht

Dabi Kanyinsola...Talking Drum Master

A masterpiece
Bravo les gars!C'est tellement superbe ce morceaux,ma parole!I must confess..this is an awesome masterpiece for
anybody that really appreciates refinery.I have listened to this cd scores of times and i never get tired.More grease to your elbows.Dibo,Miguel,and the rest of the group.

Miss. Katie

A hit in the dance class
All of my students love this CD. I am a dance teacher and I am teaching them a recital dance to song #1 on this CD. We are having a blast dancing to this upbeat music.