FILM/VIDEO: "Africa Dances"—1968—an episode of the UN TV series "International Zone," U.S. Broadcasters Committee for the United Nations—distributed on 16 mm film by Contemporary Films/McGraw Hill—out of print, but available on film and video from many public and university libraries
In 1967, Les Ballets Africains, the national dance company of Guinea, gave a performance of African music and dance in the General Assembly Hall of the UN Headquarters, on the anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Human Rights Declaration. This 28 minute color film includes the performance and an introduction by H. E. M. Achkar Marof, Ambassador from Guinea to the UN. The film was narrated, and the introduction translated, by Alistair Cooke. Featuring an incredible performance by First Soloist Famoudou Konaté at age 27.
CD: "Rhythmen Der Malinke"—Museum Collection Berlin #CD 18, 1991
Recorded "live" at festivals in Conakry, Guinea in 1990, this CD features outstanding solos and fine examples of the interplay between a master djembefola and virtuoso bass-drum accompanists, including the great dundunfola Daouda Kourouma. Comprehensive booklet in French and German includes cultural info, rhythmic concepts and notation.
CD & Book: "Rhythmen und Lieder aus Guinea"—Institut fur Didaktik popularer Musik, 1997
English version of CD and Book, “Rhythms and Songs of Guinea,” published in 2000
Designed for use in classrooms, Famoudou's book explains the musical principles behind Malinke drumming, while the CD's clearly-recorded examples demonstrate accompaniment and solo patterns. Famoudou’s sons, apprentices and extended family back him as musicians and singers.
CD: "Guinee: Percussions Et Chants Malinke"—Buda Records (Musique Du Monde series) #92727-2, 1998
Recorded with Ensemble Hamana Dan Ba. In contrast to the more instructional 1997 releases, this CD presents Famoudou's unique, "performance" arrangements of traditional Malinke rhythms, along with his extraordinary and dynamic solos. Featuring Famoudou’s nephew Nansedy Keďta as Second Soloist.
CD: “Hamana Föli Kan”—Buda Records #82230-2, 2001
Recorded at Famoudou’s home in Conakry-Simbaya, backed by his sons, apprentices and the great Diali (Jali or Griot) Singer Kadé Diawara on solo vocals. Famoudou demonstrates his versatility with solos on congas and bougarabous, several original compositions, and a piece based on the Dununba family of rhythms in which he solos on bells (“La Cloche de Hamana.”).
CD: "Guinee: Percussions Et Chants Malinke Volume 2"—Buda Records (Musique Du Monde series) #1977832, 2003
From the same sessions with Hamana Dan Ba as Volume 1, recorded in 1998, again featuring Famoudou’s nephew Nansedy Keďta as Second Soloist. Includes a definitive version of Dunumgbé, the mother of all Dununba rhythms, and a new composition: Bolokonondo II, extending the original Dununba rhythm.