Keur Moussa

Sacred Chant and African Rhythms from Senegal

Keur Moussa

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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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Really Beautiful Review by Maria

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

(Posted on 10/22/2016)

Review for Keur Moussa Review by Matt

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(Posted on 3/13/2013)

Review for Keur Moussa Review by carl phone

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!

(Posted on 2/20/2013)

Review for Keur Moussa Review by Bernhard Kossmann

A beautiful blend of African and European spirituality. I listen to it every day.

(Posted on 5/6/2012)

Review for Keur Moussa Review by Katie

Moving! :)

(Posted on 4/12/2012)

Review for Keur Moussa Review by barbara daley

Beautiful, inspiring music!

(Posted on 12/3/2011)

Review for Keur Moussa Review by GLORIA

Love it, and listen to it often, especially on Sunday..

(Posted on 9/11/2011)

Review for Keur Moussa Review by becky

wonderful praise music!!!

(Posted on 2/25/2010)


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Contents 1 Audio download (42 minutes)
Filetypes FLAC, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published February 01, 1997
Product Code MM00337W