Bwazan

Traditional Malian Music

Bwazan (‘Bobo children’ in the Bobo and Bwa language), are a Malian percussion and dance troupe founded in 2005 by lead percussionist, Bassidi Koné. Bwazan are a family group of musicians; brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles born into the same family line of djelis (Griots) in the region of San, near Segou, in Mali. From a very young age, the group were initiated into the study of instruments, songs, and rhythm scores in their pure tradition. Today, Bwazan revisit, through their own arrangements and instrumentation, the sound of their ancestors with the greatest respect, upholding their musical heritage by promoting and preserving the identity, spirituality and cultural richness of their Bo ethnicity. They present songs, rhythms, and dances, which are accompanied by their traditional instruments, including the balafon (West African xylophone), the doun doun and djembe (hand drums), the yabara, and the barra (calabash drum), kamalan n’goni (stringed harp), and kora. Complex movements, precision, and harmony, combined with energetic dances, describe this group of talented, young artists. They are a real delight musically. Bwazan take their audiences on a cultural journey, performing their uplifting music with great professionalism, soul, enthusiasm and joy.;xNLx;;xNLx;Bwazan tour widely throughout Mali and across West Africa, performing at international music festivals and events. They promote a message of peace, humility, freedom, and courage. As ambassadors of their music and this message, Bwazan represent Mali.

Bwazan Association Founded

Bwazan launch their association today,' Bwazan Cultural Association'; a platform for the preservation and promotion of their culture, musical traditions and direction.

FESFOP, Louga, Senegal

Bwazan perform at this year's International Festival of Folklore and Percussion in Louga, Senegal.

Courses and Workshops in Djembe, Balafon and Dance

Throughout January and December, Bwazan hosted djembe, balafon and dance workshops for international students from Poland, Ireland, France, Korea, ht eUnited States and Australia. Thank you to Kafuné Diarra, 'Petit Adama' Diarra and Karim Coulibali, who played/taught with Bwazan as guest artists during this time.

International Festival of Sinankuya

This week, Bwazan prepare to play for unity, peace and integration at the International Festival of Sinankuya held in Siby, Mali, this weekend. This week, Bwazan prepare to play for unity, peace and integration at the International Festival of Sinankuya held in Siby, Mali, this weekend. This is the first edition of this festival, hosted by the the Malian Association of the Sinankuya Promotion.

Nuit du Kamalan N'goni Festival

Bwazan perform at this year's Nuit du Kamalan N'goni Festival, held between the 7th and the 10th of April, 2016. This festival is held in Yanfolila, Mali, and aims to contribute to sustainable development in the region of Yanfolila, Bougouni and Kolondièba through artistic promotion, tourism and culture. This year's theme is "Rhythms and dances for peace, social cohesion and living together in Mali." The festival showcases craft and agricultural exhibitions, debates, conferences, visits to tourist sites, and concerts.

P'tit Bazar, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Bwazan perform in concert at one of Ouagadougou's live music venues, P'tit Bazar, during their week-long tour to Burkina Faso.

International School of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Today, the International School of Ouagadougou (ISO) welcomed Bwazan to their school to perform at their whole-school assembly for staff, students and parents. Bwazan showcased a very percussive, energetic, and powerful set, and engaged students in singing, and call and response clapping activities.

Beat Malaria! (Campaign)

The Night of the Kamalan N'goni

Participation in the 2nd edition of the international festival "Nights of Kamalen N'goni". Yanfolila, Mali

Welcome Ceremony, Senou Airport - Bamako, Mali

Bwazan perform to faciliate the arrival of the Namibian president Hage Geingob.

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