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Monks of Senegal

Keur Moussa (or “House of Moses”) Abbey in Senegal is above all a place of prayer, where praise of God is celebrated through hard work, contemplative silence, and joyful music. The monks themselves live from their efforts tending fruit trees, making cheese, and...

Keur Moussa

Sacred Chant and African Rhythms from Senegal

Monks of Senegal

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In 1963, nine monks from the French monastery of Saint-Pierre of Solesmes, a centuries-old stronghold of the ancient Gregorian plainchant tradition, journeyed to remote Senegal to establish a Benedictine abbey. Keur Moussa Abbey, as it is known to the local villagers, means "House of Moses." From the day of their arrival, the monks of Keur Moussa have investigated their convergent musical worlds, and created a remarkable new lineage in the thousand-year-old choral music tradition. On Keur Moussa, they weave the rhythms and instrumental textures of Africa with traditional Western plainchant (sung in French and Wolof, the language of the region).

You will hear rare choral works as they are performed in the daily masses at the abbey, accompanied on koras (African lutes handmade by the brothers), tabala (a large Mauritanian camel-skin drum), balafon (a Malinke instrument similar to the xylophone), tom-tom, and flute. In this collection, their first North American release, the brothers of Keur Moussa invite you to join them as they raise their voices in unique praise of the divine.

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Contents 1 CD (42 minutes)
Date Published February 01, 1997
ISBN-10 1-56455-482-1
ISBN-13 978-1-56455-482-6
Dimensions 5 x 5 3/4 inches
Product Codes 0337d, m337d, mm00337d
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Contents 1 Audio download (42 minutes)
Date Published February 01, 1997
Product Codes 0337w, m0337w, mm00337w

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