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Ye Lassina Coulibaly

Author, composer, performer.

Music is happiness and health.  It spreads throughout the body and stimulates the various cerebral activities. It arouses pleasure, joy; it soothes and promotes bodily and psychic communication.

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Music instills in us an emotion that resonates with its environment and its cultural heritage. It bears witness for centuries to the different eras that have made our civilization. The vital force of music improves the structuring of man, builds his personality, contributes to education, to the level of knowledge and makes love grow in each of us. In a word, the function of music is peace with oneself and with others. It is also the food of the love of life.
The elements of music that are sound, rhythm, melody, movement and harmony are means of expression and communication.

Coming from the Bamanan ancestral civilization, nurtured at the school of sages who educated him very young, Yé Lassina Coulibaly transmits, through dance, his music and his texts, the values and vision of the world of initiates. .
Since the dawn of time, the creation of man has always fascinated and will always fascinate. In a visible and invisible world, the Bamanan cosmogony testified, in its greatness and its thought, to its knowledge of the universe.
The formation of the child, among the bambaras, to listen to dignitaries and notables, aims above all to rid the human being of the ignorance which prevents him from knowing himself.
In the societies of N'Domo and Korè, the mask, the classes, the emblems, the dances, everything contributes to the discovery of man in order to enable him to acquire the know-how within society, to build his own personality and feed his family.
All the categories of initiates and their emblems evoke the creation of man and above all the genesis of his spirit, death and life, the anteriority of the human being, all the spiritual realities which constitute his thought, man in his relationship with the cosmos, that is to say the activity, the work of the human being, man and society...hence the 5 aspects of the man of n'domo: his spirit, its end, its thought, its work, its sociability.
The Kore ritual includes a symbolic death of man, followed by his resurrection. With the korè, the new man appears, resurrected, transfigured to the point of dissociating himself from the old.
The initiate is supposed to acquire freedom of spirit.

In summary, kore proposes to raise man above material contingencies to allow him to fully enjoy the pleasures offered by sovereign wisdom.
For the true sage, words go hand in hand with deeds, meditation and active life go hand in hand.
Thus, the class of karaw seeks to awaken the mind, to encourage it to rise to the heights of reflection and meditation, to lead it to "roll" and then "unroll" knowledge.
The dyaraw are the symbol of calm and serene knowledge, the basis of education and training.
Knowledge and music are intimately linked in Bambara conception. Music and dance, expression of knowledge, accompany it and transpose it into its spatial dimensions.
Initiatory music harmoniously interweaves its sounds in a kind of symphony of rhythm where one perceives, one would believe, the vibrations of the soul detached from bodily ties.
The music of korè seeks to translate the aspirations of the soul towards liberation and escape: certain tunes played imitate the gallop of the horse which soars like the wind.

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