Kamele n’goni

A Donso (hunter) performs at a mask festival in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

A Donso (hunter) performs at a mask festival in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

The Kamele n’goni (young persons harp) is a harp-oud from the Mandingue region of West Africa (especially Mali and Burkina Faso).  This instrument originates from the 6 string donso (hunter) n’goni which is instrumental to hunter ceremonies, accompanying the singers praises of great hunters and taunts to other hunters to prove
their hunting prowess.

The donso is normally accompanied by a karagnan, a metal scraper that produces a repetitive element to the often heady and hypnotic hunter melodies.  A great example is Malian donso Sibiri Samake.20160708_142001

The Kamele n’goni is an instrument of growing popularity in West Africa and around the World that allows players to be involved in this music outside the strict hunter societies of Donso music or the hereditary Griot lineages which accompany instruments such as the Kora.  It has been popularised significantly in the Wassoulou region of Mali through artists such as Oumou Sangare whose music includes donso and kamele n’goni.

Kamele n'goni Ireland

Griot Drissa Diarra tuning a kamele n’goni

Afro-Eire teach and perform Kamele n’goni music from Mali and Burkina Faso.  The music is learnt by Paul McElhatton on field research in Bamako (Mali) and Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) with Ibrahama Sanou in 2006 and Griot Drissa Diarra 2008, and in workshops in Ireland with long time student of Kamele n’goni Jean Marc Collin.


Afro-Eire also construct and sell high quality Kamele n’goni’s in Ireland.

For more information contact us.

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Kamele n'goni Ireland

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