Sama Ouara - Balafon - rhythmes - Bobo - Paul Nas
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Pentatonic balafon

Sama Ouara

Last updated 7 September 2018

S Sama Ouara is the name of a plant that delivers balls that stick to your clothes. But it is also the name of a (Bobo-) woman who likes to dance. The two things come together in this Balafonpiece. All Bobo, in all directions, know this dance where the knees are alternately brought to and from each other. Then a leg is swung out sideways, followed by the other leg to the other side. “It is the woman that I love; come dance with me! “

Yaro you ha o wee pwa lo wa
(when a boy likes a girl,)

twa njou twa ti o pwalo wa
(he should caress her oncve and twice)

Sama Ouara wa bi ri te (2x)
(twa njou = one time, twa ti = two times)

This is a fragment of Sama Ouara where the song is rehearsed with Kassim Keita during the workshop in 2011.


Youssouf & Kassoum Keita, Konsankuy, Mali 2012
Hakiri Koeta, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso 2015.

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