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It seems both dangerous and absurd to separate an object from the thought of the person who created it.

— Marcel Griaule,
"Arts de l'Afrique noire", in S. M. Eno Belinga,
Littérature et musique populaire en Afrique noire
(Paris: éditions Cujas, 1965), p. 12, translation.


Photo: Carmelle Bégin « Music is much more than music. » It is not just a set of humanly organized sounds; it becomes a device that produces meaning.

A musical instrument is more than a combination of materials assembled in a given form. It embodies certain figures, symbolizes certain acts of life, serves as an accessory in sacred rituals, and helps establish communication between the human world and the Divine.