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Biography

Malam Mamane Barka is so far the only master of the Biram in Niger and all over the world. With the assistance of Barka this unique instrument is not dead. And when the old master handed over the instrument to his successor he asked him to promote the Biram and talk about it all over the world. As an instrument played and appreciated by the audience is not dead. The old master died in 2006. Since then Malam Mamane Barka follows this mission. He himself is a well know musician in Niger, famous for many popular songs he composed in the eighties and nineties. He used to play other traditional string instruments, but today his dedication is the BIRAM.

The SHOW: Malam Mamane Barka presents the songs of the Boudouma together with one percussionist, who plays during the show three different kinds of traditional nigerien percussion: Kalangou, calebasse and of course the Douma, a spiritual drum, used for the secret rhythms of the Haussa trance dance “Bori”. Omar, the percussionist is he himself a griot, initiated in these secret rhythms. The entire show is between 45 and 60 min.

The SONGS: In his songs he sings about the life of the ancestors, about the spirits, especially Kargila and also about the animals living with nomads like camels, cows and goats, fishes and birds; the beauty of the water in the lake, the beauty of the desert, the braveness of the warriors.

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