The first of a two-part feature from this small, forgotten and isolated country in West Africa. Its music combines local traditions with a unique creole culture.
The first of a two-part feature from Guinea-Bissau. A small forgotten and isolated country in West Africa, Guinea-Bissau has only recently emerged from years of political instability and civil war.
Until now its music, combining local traditions with a unique creole culture, has rarely been heard outside the country.
Lucy Duran visits Guinea-Bissau, and encounters the exuberant musical parties of the Balanta men, who ornament their bodies in white clay and bicycle chains, and cross-dress.
Music and featured items
Lucy Duran starts her visit.
Lucy Duran starts her visit to one of West Africa’s smallest countries, Guinea-Bissau.
Lucy with the Balanta people.
Lucy with the Balanta people. She interviews Domingo, the leader of the Balanta group.
Tio de Broxa.
The Balanta group Tio de Broxa perform a love song for World Routes.
Percussionist Djanuno Dabo.
We hear the traditional log drum played by famous percussionist Djanuno Dabo.
The Bijagos islands.
Djanuno Dabo tells Lucy about the beauty of the Bijagos islands.
The sound of the Balafon.
We hear the beautiful sound of the Balafon, a 27-key xylophone resonated by gourds.
A Balanta party in Nhacra.
Lucy at another Balanta party in Nhacra, a small village of mud-houses.
The Kora (the west African harp-lute) originated in Guinea- Bissau.
History of the Kora.
Malan Sissoko tells Lucy about the connection of the Kora to the history of Guinea-Bissau.
An isolated island called Bubaque
Lucy ends the first part of the programme at the Bijagos islands.