Over the past few years Senegalese hoddu master Malick Pathé Sow & kora player Bao Sissoko met each other in various projects. During these collaborations they naturally mixed the haunting strings of the hoddu - the lute of the Fula people in Senegal- with the beautiful harmonies of the kora or African harp. Their paths have now merged definitely together to make one unified project that will be released on CD from September 2012.
In this clip they perform one of these new songs ‘Bilbasi’.
Bilbasi is the name of a beach along the Senegal river, on which, in the past lots of important battles between kings and warlords were faught. The night before the battle, the wives, sisters, aunts… of the warlords came together to sing for their men at the rhythm called ‘alamari’ by the fula people.