Foula Faré / Yoleli - Paul Nas
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Foula Faré / Yoleli

Last updated 31 October 2006


Fula Faré (Foula Faré, Yoleli) is the dance of the Fula, the Peuhl. The name Fula Faré in Susu means ‘Fulani dance’. The Fula themselves use for this dance:  Yoleli. The Peuhl are a nomodic people living in an area stretched from the north of Guinea to Niger. So there are several rhythms you can call fulani dance. There are a few to be found. The cattle is walking free and has to be rounded up for the night. De shepards believe that by playing, singing, drumming Fula Faré the animals are easily assembled (John Boeyen).
Yoleli, it is a rhythm played at the “dennaboo” (naming ceremony), which the Fula celebrate on the 7th day of a newborn’s life. A big feast is held early in the day. After that a sheep or goat is sacrificed. An elder blesses the child and announces the name, to much cheering. Nowadays the rhythm is also played at weddings and other celebrations” (Drew Ravey).

Written material: version 1: John Boeyen (from Oumar Dioubate), Rafaël Kronberger, Drew Ravey (from Mohamed Bangoura) R.J. Perz – Edwards (from Fode Camara and Mamady Sano)
Media: version 1: CD House of Roots van Africa Sabou Njouma (Foula Fare), versie 2: CD Drums of Mali van Mamoudou Kante (Peuhl Dance).