In 1976 Yacouba Moumouni was a 10-year-old shepherd living on the fringe of the Sahara desert in Niger. Moumouni's father had died, leaving his older brother in charge of the family and the flock. The young Moumouni fought often with his brother, so he left home for the capital of Niamey, 125 miles away. On foot. alone. The rest is history, or at least it is in Niger. Moumouni spent two homeless years on Niamey's streets before taken in as the singer's Absatou Danté apprentice.
He learned the seyse, the flute of the Peul, and after seven years of training, joined the Ballet National du Niger. In 1990, he became one of the singers of Orchestre Takeda, the house orchestra of the newly opened musical academy Centre de formation et de promotion musicale in Niamey. At the CFPM, he met Abdoulaye Alassane,guitarist, and band leader of Super Kassey and Orchestre Takeda. They formed together in 1995 Mamar Kassey named after a legendary warrior who extended the Songhai Empire into the Sahara.. and soon became the most popular musical group to emerge from that dry west African country... .......
The Kaabu Empire (also spelt N’Gabu / Gabu) started as a westward extension of the Manding Empire. Its rulers were ordained into office by the king of Mali (Manding) but as Mali declined during the 15th century the Kaabu became autonomous. Among the western Mandinka who inhabit Senegambia, Kaabu was second only to Manding in importance and its ruling dynasty, who bore the title of Nyanchos, were better known, more respected and more jealous of their heritage than any other of the Western Mandinka dynasties. ......continue to an essential history lesson
This song speaks of the great men , the brave men who made useful things in
this world before they die.
We dedicate it to the fallen heroes who lie in front . Many brave men rest in Nyaréla .
Young girls, small children, the children who fought for the liberation of our homeland lie in Nyaréla .
The world is sick, it became a fresh onion without seeds.
We have to be united , this union ensures the smooth running of things.
Talking is difficult, not talking is difficult , keeping silent is not good , mouth is a source of trouble. . Speech is learned but it doesn't force you .In the past, there were kings able to plant a needle , to pray in its shadow or to steal the saddle of a horse. These kings always exist but their reign is over. The times of the generous kings are over.Today there are more enemies except the rogues.These rascals say that we, the djéli , disturb . In the name of Allah, when we disturb someone, he becomes famous.
The Stories of the sons of Bambara are becoming more and more rare.
less.and less ,those interested in them
Death is a reality and resurrection is a lie , however, it does not destroy hope.
* Niarela is a district with a well known cemetery in Bamako