UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Bakary Marong (concert), Undated

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University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Bakary Marong (concert)
1 items  :  OT-1 reel; WT-1 reel (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7"); Duration: 00:24:18
Collection Number
Concert recording of Bakary Marong - source unknown.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Among the prolific performers who contributed immensely to popularise the traditional genre known as Sewruba, is Bakary Marong, [who was active in the early 1970's]. He was born in Kiang Dumbuto in the Lower River Region, although his parents reportedly originated from Baddibu in the North Bank of the Gambia. He is regarded as one of the most famous performers of this genre of his generation.

Sewruba is a popular traditional Mandinka dance. Sewruba is also a drum and refers to a particular Mandinka dance rhythm. Usually there are three drummers and one singer, then the entire crowd join in to dance to the tune. The drums are classified into three; namely, Kutirr-nding (short), Mbeleng (long) and Junkunrang/Kuturoba. Another instrument used by the Mandinkas is the Kora, a 21-string instrument that has a range of over three octaves, creating enchanting music that is multi-layered and melodic. It accompanies the Jalis who are praise singers (griots) of the Mandinka tribe.

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Documentation: Film log.

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1 audiotape : Audio Reel

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Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Africa
  • Gambia
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • West Africa

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Marong, Bakary (performer)