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Keur Moussa

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The “House of Moses” monastery fuses pulsing African rhythms with sacred Western chant.
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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 Audio Download (42 minutes)
Filetypes MP3, PDF, ZIP
Product Code MM00337W
ISBN Number 978-1-62203-277-8
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Monks of Senegal

About 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 hand-crafting their renowned koras (the kora is an African lute-harp of Mandingo origin). In recognition of their creation of an entirely new choral tradition that weds Western liturgical chant with traditional African tribal music, the brothers of Keur Moussa Abbey were the 1993 recipients of the International Albert Schweitzer Music Prize.

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Reviewed by Maria
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Really Beautiful

I heard two of the monks at a monastery in France several years ago and fell in love with the music.

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Reviewed by Matt
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Reviewed by carl p.
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Disappointing! I expected hymns by monks of keur moussa I heard on pray as you go podcast and the hymns I got we're very ordinary at best. It would have helped a lot if I had the actual words th3y were singing (French and African) as well as their translations.can I expect better next time? Please respond by sending them to me. Thank you!

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Reviewed by Bernhard K.
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A beautiful blend of African and European spirituality. I listen to it every day.

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Reviewed by Katie
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Moving! :)

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