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Guidan Haya

by Malam Maman Barka

Intense and poetic music from the master of the gurumi of Niger accompanied by the powerful percussion of the douma and kalongu.
Genre: World: African- West
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1. Amairam
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2. Enfant D'Afrique
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3. Aboukan Banza
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4. Koudou Koudoukou
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5. Guidan Haya
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6. Nana Logoi Logoi
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7. Souliya
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8. Fai-Fai
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9. Mai Makkalama
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10. Borin Kariya
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11. Barira
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12. Mandoula
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13. Solidarite
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14. Dounya/Hommage
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Album Notes
Malam Barka is a teacher, a musician, a poet, and an inspiring force to many in his West African homeland of Niger. He has been performing music professionally on his gurumi, a two-stringed instrument with a calabash shell body and iguana skin head, for over 20 years. Hailing from the Toubou community of Tesker, in southeastern Niger, he is now based in Niamey. A prolific songwriter with over 250 compositions to his credit, Malam Barka has created a whole repertoire and musical style that resonates profoundly with many modern Nigeriens who love their traditional music but also want songs that address pressing issues of contemporary life and transcend ethnic boundaries. It is as a result of this deep connection that so many Nigeriens feel with his songs that he has traveled broadly internationally as a musical ambassador of his Sahelian homeland. He has performed throughout West Africa in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, and Chad, but also in such countries as China, Japan, Pakistan, Morocco, Algeria, France, Germany, Spain, and Holland.

In 2002, he traveled to the shores of Lake Chad in the far southeastern corner of Niger to apprentice himself to Boukar Tar, an old master of the biram, a five-stringed boat-shaped harp instrument of the Boudouma ethnic group. Malam Barka's teacher on the biram was possibly the only living exponent of this beautiful and sacred instrument before Malam Barka began his mission to spread awareness of the biram both in Niger and abroad. In addition to his instrumental work on the gurumi and the biram, Malam Barka is a singer with a captivating delivery and penetrating lyrical style that covers a wide spectrum of human experience from love and the struggles of daily life to broad sociopolitical and philosophical issues.

Guidan Haya is the first recording of Nigerien gurumi master Malam Maman Barka to be released outside of Niger. It includes a number of the songs that have made Malam Barka a much beloved songwriter and performer in Niger as well as his newest compositions. These intimate field recordings were made on location in Niamey, Niger and feature the powerful percussion of Oumarou Adamou on the douma and kalongu accompanying the inimitable voice and gurumi of Malam Barka.



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Tamara at CD Baby

Scheduled to perform at the 2008 WOMAD festival, Nigerien gurumi master, Malam Maman Barka, presents his first album to be released outside of Niger. Guidan Haya, one of our most exciting world music releases for 2008, is a pure gem; the album includes a number of the songs that have made Barka such a beloved songwriter at home as well as earning him more and more recognition abroad. An accomplished teacher, musician and poet, Barka has been performing music professionally on the gurumi (a two-stringed instrument with a calabash shell body and iguana skin head) for over twenty years. With more than 250 compositions to his credit, bridging both traditional and contemporary music styles, Barka has created a musical sound world that not only speaks to Nigeriens but to world music connoisseurs around the globe.


Madalla, I love it very much!
I'm Nigerian, and not Nigerien (neighbouring country with similar culture). In Nigeria, a lot of our popular Hausa music is Auto-tuned. Whereas in Niger, a lot of the popular Hausa music there is not auto-tuned. You can imagine how I felt when I came upon this non-auto-tuned Hausa music from Niger. I was very pleased. A lot of my fellow Nigerian brothers and sisters also like Gidan Haya (I guess in the French speaking world they spell it as Guidan instead of Gidan like we do in Nigeria), his music is quite popular in Kano, Katsina, etc. I'm not too sure how popular it is in Sokoto, but I can imagine some people have heard of Maman Barka. This is one of the best popular albums I have listened to in a long time.


I love this album
I love this album. Malam Maman Barka is one of the greatest musicians of my country, Niger. This album makes me feel like I'm at home. This is the real Nigerien traditional music.

Michael McLeod

Guidan Haya
It's happy, energetic music with a beat. I don't know the language the lyrics are in, so I focus on the music and the sounds of the language. It's a delightful CD with an uplifting, exotic beat and arrangement to all the songs.

Joe Ross

Captivating vocals & intriguing gurumi
From Niger, Malam Maman Barka is a teacher, musician and poet who has been performing on his 2-stringed gurumi for over 20 years. The gurumi's body is a calabash shell, and its skin head comes from an iguana. While his music is deeply rooted in the traditions of the Hausa civilization, Barka has composed over 250 new pieces that document life experiences, address contemporary issues, build bridges across cultures, make political statements, and provide optimistic direction to deal with life's struggles. It's understandable how Malam Barka's captivating vocals and intriguing gurumi have built him a strong fan base among Nigerians. While the musical ambassador has traveled internationally, this is his first album to be released outside of Niger. Accompanied by percussionist Oumarou Adamou on douma and kalongu, Barka's music is being disseminated by the efforts of the album's producer Nathaniel Berndt who collected these field recordings on location for our education and enjoyment. I may not be able to speak or understand Barka's language, but I appreciate what he's trying to accomplish as a contemporary African bard. (Joe Ross)


extremely satisfying,
lovely, and awesome

Roger 'Raj' Leonard (bhakta raj prabhu Dasa)

Guidan Haya
This CD is BEYOND binaural beats! very trance-producing, and I'd love to learn the English translation.
As alwayz...will share info with friends.

Daniel T. Irwin

If this ain't the blues , it's a branch of the same tree. Will speak to fans of Ali Farke Toure.
Highly recomended.

Andrew Herkes

A Novice Learns
I know nothing about this music, the language or culture but I am adventurous in my music listening - see my collection!.

Based on that I am listening purely to the rhythm, sound and beat to find pleasure.

Snuggle down comfortably in your favourite chair with a favourite drink, switch the world off and let go. Boy is that good.

The music is not for me to describe except to say it is entertaining, sweeps you up and along with it, is both exciting and relaxing at the same time.

Hey if you have never tried this style of music start here it's good. Whether of its genre it's good I know not just that I enjoyed it thoroughly.