Sound and vision blog

18 October 2010

Recording of the Week: Jola men's song from Senegal

Dr Janet Topp Fargion, Curator of World and Traditional Music at the British Library, writes:

The first song on this wonderful track, O Lulum, sanken lejam, recorded in Badem Karantaba on January 17th 1982 by British composer Giles Swayne, is quoted in some of Giles' choral works. (A CD of these works, including this recording, will be published on 1 November 2010 and can be pre-ordered from

Giles-Swayne-Jola-music Recording of the Week highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was selected from the Giles Swayne Senegal Collection: nearly 20 hours of Jola music recorded in January and February 1982 in The Gambia and Senegal.


"O Lulum, sanken lejam" is a Wonderful song from my young days!

Almost forgot it, but was searching for some of Swayne's works and hit here!


Where are you from Shruti? Your name sounds very 'indian'..?

- Josie Diamond

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