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Keur Moussa

Monks of Senegal
7 Jan. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Release Date: 7 Jan. 2010
  • Label: Sounds True
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Sounds True
  • Total Length: 42:23
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  • ASIN: B0033FENQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,522 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2003
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I really love the music on this CD. It is music from a Christian monastery in Senegal played using African rhythms and harmonics. It is mainly vocal pieces accompanied by kora, flute and drums with a few purely instrumental pieces played on a mixture of Kora, flute and oboe. Beautiful haunting music giving a real sense of a spiritual delight in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel J. Parkinson on 17 Jan. 2007
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Keur Moussa, a Benedictine Abbey, brought Gregorian Chant to Senegal, but rather than forcing this style on the local population adopted indigenous instruments and styles, especially as local people joined the monastery.

The result - which will appeal both to fans of world music and of church music - is brilliant. Unlike most attempts at mixing musical styles, it is unforced and genuine.

The haunting Senegalese rythhms and real instrumental texture, added to the serene, worshipful tone of Gregorian chant, give something utterly new, yet timeless.

It is easily the best CD I have purchased this year, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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As you'll gather, this is a recording of Christian choral music accompanied on most tracks by a variety of traditional African instruments - balafon, flute, kora and percussion. Interspersed are a number of short instrumental pieces. Basically the music is what you'd hear from an organised church choir anywhere in England or Europe, with the African instruments filling in. If you're hoping for a sort of Christian version of the rhythmic ecstatic music of the Sufis that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan played, then you'll be in for a disappointment. However, the music works well, and the two traditions don't jar - but it is the European one that predominates.

The singing is certainly pleasant, but my bet is that an expert in choral music would rate it as fairly ordinary. Equally the traditional instruments are played competently, but hardly memorably. It's not hard to find much more expressive playing - "New Ancient Strings" for example if you want to hear the kora played well. Of course, sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and the other reviewrs are delighted with it. The same may well be true for you. For me, it's something I sometimes play as soothing background music that doesn't require much concentration or effort.
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I discovered Keur Moussa researching on religious architecture, and on how european modern artists and architects found inspiration in Africa (specifically following the trace of Aldo van Eyck's travel to the Mali). Keur Moussa crosses the gregorian chant with african instruments and rhythms resulting in a marvellous new sound.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully peaceful, meditative franco-senegalese fusion 21 Oct. 2002
By Paul B. Greenspan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was lucky enough to visit the monks of Keur Moussa Abbey in Senegal in the early 1980s. Coming from 18 months living in the devoutly muslim far northern part of the country, it was quite surreal to wander around the grounds of the abbey and listen to the christian liturgical kora music coming from this group of african and european monks. A wonderful compliment to your Baaba Maal and Yousou NDour CDs!
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Beautiful, Serene and Unique 29 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Imagine Gregorian chant sung in French and Senegalese to the rhythms of modern Africa and you have a vague idea of how wonderful this CD is. Sometimes driving, sometimes sweetly lyrical, it's not particularly religious music (unless you want it to be). It is music that will calm you, thrill you, and transport you to another place, whatever place you're in. Thanks to Trance Planet for turning me on to the monks of Keur Moussa.
Keur Moussa 29 July 2013
By AnatomyNerd2011 - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the drum beats. Also find the music very spiritual and soothing. It's unfortunate that it's less than an hour.
This is wonderful! 24 Jun. 2007
By C. Roll - Published on Amazon.com
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One thing I have always loved about African church music is its joyfulness. (Another favorite of mine was the original Missa Luba which is no longer available unfortunately). The chant in this recording is fantastic. I love it!
soul of simplicity 16 Mar. 2014
By Kathleen - Published on Amazon.com
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This chant is really lovely and brings one to a very simple and pure place. The marriage of the French language and the Senegalese rhythms really is wonderful.
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