Ligeti, Lukas


Beta Foly: Experiments with Tradition and Technology in West Africa

Leonardo Music Journal: Vol. 10. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 41-47.


Language(s): English


Interactive Instruments Sampling Sequencing Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Mixed Work


In 1994, together with several West African traditional musicians and German electronics expert Kurt Dahlke, the author founded the music ensemble Beta Foly, based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The group explores creative musical possibilities generated through the bringing together of different cultures and traditions, placing a strong emphasis on the use of both ancient African instruments and the most recent music technology. The members of Beta Foly compose and improvise eclectic, polymetric music, trying to combine styles in innovative ways in order to find new avenues for composition, ensemble interplay and cross-cultural understanding.