Kouraba 2014

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The inspiration for the 2nd Annual Kouraba African Festival comes from the Mande people of West Africa.  This year the title of our event is, “Koura Manding Soso Bala Kumato: “The Epic of the Jeli & the Numu”.  We pay homage to the instrument known as the Balafon (proto-xylophone) in the relationship between the Jeli (oral historian or praise singer) and the Numu (blacksmith and/or drummer).
 
The Balafon is believed to represent a bridge between the sacred and the secular realms, connecting the worlds of the Numu and the Jeli.  The role of the Jeli is to be a living archive & conscience of a society, to construct and maintain a balance of power at all times.  The Numu on the other hand is responsible for forging the tools of industry, creating rhythms that animate and keep society thriving; together, they provide equilibrium, peace, vitality and innovation in Mande culture.  The Balafon is also regarded as a symbol of the transfer of power…

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