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Modou Gaye!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:45 am
by Jon Mitchell
Hello, just registered here, I recognise a few names... but otherwise hello!

Found on myspace recently...

He plays the 'hang' drum, a Swiss invention a little like a steel band... But it's particularly the track 'Sindidi', the Oud playing is sublime in parts and Modou's voice falls SO beautifully two thirds of the way through... See what you think... There's a youtube video of the track too:

PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:58 pm
by judith
Hello and thanks, Jon. Last Christmas, I had the good fortune to hear the hang drum played and also to be given the chance to play it myself. My son plays the steel pans (also a relatively new instrument) so I had somewhat of an idea how the hang drum would be played and how it would sound. It does sound like a steel drum, somewhat, and it is also difficult to play - though one could sit there all evening and quietly tap the drum and listen to the lovely tones. There are a lot of videos on YouTube of people doing this same thing and that was what I expected when I clicked on the link to Modou's music and instead, heard "Sindidi". It is a beautiful song and the rhythmic tones which Modou gifts the instrument are gently complex. And, like Jon says, the Oud (and Modou's voice) are perfect in accompaniment.

"Hang to Hang" and even more so, "Mariana" - the emotion, some of the phrasing, plus the timbre of the hang drum and his voice - called to mind Alemu Aga and the King David's harp (Ethiopiques 11), be it the music or the mood inspired, I'm not certain. Maybe both.

Do you suppose his last name, Gaye, has to do with his admiration for Marvin Gaye?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:35 am
by Jon Mitchell
Hello, I do remember somewhere reading of his admiration for Mr. Gaye, hence the name... Somewhere in there perhaps!

I heard some hang players at last years Big Green Gathering and I was transfixed.

I will try to track down some audio those comparisons you made, thank you.