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Amadou Binta Konté - Simba, ma jata limi Amadou Binta Konté has played the five stringed Hoddu for over 40 years. He's not a musician, but a cuuballo, one of the fishermen living alongside the Senegal river as it cuts between Senegal and Mauritania. He sometimes plays in local ceremonies,…

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pekane

Souleyman Marr - Pekane In the fluvial region of Northern Senegal, Fouta Toro retains some of the remnants of the highly stratified society it once was. Cuballo are the fisherman caste. They're not low of the hierarchical strata, somewhere below the "nobles", but well above the blacksmiths and griots. As…

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The Isle of Morfil

Along the border of Senegal and Mauritanian, one finds the ancient kingdom of Fouta Toro - meandering rivers and wide floodplains, covered in scrubby forest and dust, and occasional green patches of irrigated rice and millet. The Isle of Morfil, named for the elephants which have long since vanished, lies…

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