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Unformatted text preview: Not only does he maintain the jeli tradition but also Kouyate expresses who he is by singing in his native tongue as well as English. What moved me the most was watching the brothers get into the music they were making because I was really able to feel what they were playing. A quick glance at each other and the rhythm would change and they would remain in perfect harmony. Subtle changes in volume, beat and speed of their songs kept my emotions and feelings turning. My heart would pound faster as the drummer banged louder and then I would feel a 1 2 calming sensation when the balapho took over with a slow, soft tone, almost like a lullaby. Each instrument brought a unique, new sound to the table and I could imagine generations from centuries before playing as the Kouyate brothers were. It was a special performance that I will always remember....
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- Spring '08
- English-language films, Musical instrument, Amadou Kouyate, jeli tradition, Boden Sandstrom, Ethan Rosenblum