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Yokui / Yogui

Last updated 14 May 2019

Yogui (Yokui, Yongui) is a rhythm from Guinea and seems to be a ghost represented by a mask. The dance of the mask Yogui / Yokui is traditionally accompanied on Baga instruments, including the sangbanji and the wassakhoumba, a kind of shaker. That gives the impression that the Baga ethnic group might have been originally. The Baga is a small tribe from the south-west of Guinea. The mask is a round mask with raffia down to the ground. Some say the mask represents a young woman with big breasts.

Ginè Faré

Ginè Faré means “woman dance” in the Sousou language. A woman dance is therefore generally referred to as Ginè (woman) Faré (dance). It is an indication that is used for both Maane and Yogui because they are both female dances at the Sousou. Some claim that Yogui has great similarities with Ginè Faré, others claim that Ginè Faré is another name for the Maane rhythm.
There are various interpretations of rhythms on the internet that are performed under the names Yokui, Maane and Ginè Faré.
Sometimes you find the expression Guinée Faré, but that means “Dance of Guinea” and seems to be a wrong spelling of Ginè Faré.

According to some, mostly old women dance. Others claim that it is precisely a young woman on the eve of her marriage and that “the entire female trade” is used during the dance struggle. Nowadays it is a popular rhythm that is often played at weddings and parties. The rhythm is further related to the rhythm Tiamba that is played on Sicco´s.

Written material: ‘Melodic rhythms by Arafan Touré’ (with intro and break, not presented here, te order through www.arafantoure.nl de opbrengst van het boek komt ten goede aan een muziekcentrum in Conacry). Some unknown sourses from internet