Les Frères GUISSÉ
This trio of musical brothers comes from the Fouta region of northern Senegal. They sing in Senegal's various languages, but mostly in Pular (Peulh), their mother tongue, which is spoken in numerous countries throughout West Africa.
In Pulh communities, which are divided by caste, music sets the scene for various economic dimensions society, as well as those of a mystical and symbolic nature. As an expressive form for social groups, music is the fabric of the community: the Pekkan which tells the epic tale of the soubalbé fishermen; the Goumbala, or incantation, of the ceddo hunters; the Dillere, the music of the maboubé weavers; the Yela, the hymn of the griots; the Rippo, the music of young women and young people in the village at night.
The Freres GUISSÉ have inherited these rich sources of inspiration, which they have updated by integrating the sounds of universal music to create a new African folk. Well known at clubs and events in Dakar, they have also participated in numerous tours and festivals abroad, including the17th Festival Africa Fete in Paris, the Marché des arts et du spectacle africain in Abidjan, the Festival d'été de Québec, where they won the "Miroir de l'espace francophone" prize, and the Sommet de la Francophonie in Hanoi.
"Our music has neither colour nor age. It is the music of all people and all races: just like a river, its destiny is not to fold back into its own ethnic circle, but rather to stream into the ocean of world music, with an identity always open towards the Other. It is a manatee that never forgets where it comes from. Indeed, our music project is the music of tomorrow's Africa.