The origin of bÃ¨lÃ¨ dates back to the period of slavery in Martinique. The rhythms came from Africa with the Arada, Congolese, Senegalese and Bambara. BÃ¨lÃ¨ features a solo singer and a chorus, at least one tanbouyÃ© playing the tanbou bÃ¨lÃ¨ (bÃ¨lÃ¨ drum), one bwate playing the tibwa (meaning 'petit bois-small woodÂ Â». Les MaÃ®tres du BÃ¨lÃ¨ (who average 75 years of age) are the holders of this tradition.
Label: Buda Musique
Release Date: 04/10/07
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