Wassoulou Music Instrumentation

—The most important instrumental accompaniment in Wassoulou music typically comes from the kamelengoni, also called the “young man’s harp”.

the kamelengoni:


—These are other important instruments to Wassoulou music:

-the djembe drum:


-the karyaing is a metal tube percussion/scraper.

the soku is somewhat like a fiddle:


the bolon is a four-stringed ‘bass’ harp.

Other non-native instruments are used in modern Wassoulou music (electric bass, funky bass)

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Author: David Velardo

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