Daily Archives: March 7, 2011

Music in Burkina Faso

In Burkinabé society the function of musical instruments goes beyond the mere sounds they make. The instrument and its notes carry deep spiritual and cultural significance. Music forms a back drop to every important event in life: marriage, funerals, births, initiation ceremonies, prayers and many other celebrations. Combined with the oral input of griots (oral historians), music weaves a healthy dose of mythology and history.  Instruments are typically handmade and tend to differ according to region, made from local materials and accordingly to local know-how.

This week I will begin a series of posts highlighting some of the more common Burkinabé instruments.