Various Artists

Musician-Masks of the Bassari

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The Bassari people live deep in southern Senegal near the Guinea border. This LP is devoted entirely to the music of the masks, which itself penetrates most aspects of Bassari rural life. The music here includes examples of songs associated with cultivation, and an enormous range of social and ritual activities in which the masks take part. The notes are remarkably thorough: a really handsome booklet.