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Zauli Music and Dance Inscribed in 2017 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Zauli dancer with mask from the Maminigui village – Photo by Ala Konin, 2015 – Office Ivoirien du patrimoine culturel (OIPC)

In a December 16, 2017 press release UNESCO announced that Zauli (Zaouli in French) music and dance is inscribed in 2017 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Zauli is a traditional music and dance practiced by the Guro communities of the Buafle and Zuenula departments of Ivory Coast. A tribute to feminine splendor, Zauli is inspired by two masks: the Blou and the Djela. In a single event, the participants bring together sculpture (the mask), weaving (the costume), music (the band and song) and dance.

Zauli musicians of Zabrisséhifla – Photo by Ala Konin, 2015 – Office Ivoirien du patrimoine culturel (OIPC)
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Artist Profiles: Sekouba Diakite

Sekouba Diakite originates from Odienne (the Republic of Ivory Coast). Like his elder brother Isaac Ismael, Sekouba also sings in Malinke, Bambara, Diula, English, and French.

Sekouba comes from the neighborhood of Treichville in Abidjan, (known as ‘Treichtown’ to reggae fans). In 1986, Sékouba moved to The Gambia, where he lived until 1993 when he moved back to Abidjan.

After being enriched into the roots of the Bolomba style in The Gambia, the young Sekouba came alive with the West African sounds of the Mandinka.

Sekouba’s desire to sing came naturally but it was never a reality without the musical influence of his brother, Ismael Isaac. Sekouba’s other musical influences include, Lucky Dube, Alpha Blondy, and Bob Marley.

In 1999 he made his debut as an artist, tenaciously composing lyrics as a self-taught author, composer, and performer. His music reflects an eclectic mix of West African melodies, fused with traditional Reggae rhythms.

His debut album “I Love My People” featuring the title track “I’m So Glad,” was self produced in New York and arranged by Oscar Ankou. His second album “Sejou” was releases in June 2010 and features tracks like; “No Doubt,”mixing the styling of soulful Caribbean beats and a cool reggae vibe. “No Doubt” manages to deliver meaningful lyrics in a light-hearted way, echoing the sounds of Bob Marley. “Mandela,” a tribute to the great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, with up-tempo exotic beats and rhythms. “Mandela” showcases Sekouba’s rare powerful sound. And “Sejou,” the funky Reggae tune showcasing Sekouba’s African roots.

Sekouba currently resides in New York City, where he often performs at local festivals and clubs. Sekouba’s music seamlessly blends reggae rhythms with African beats and melodies.

Discography:

I Love My People

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