The Unique Cultures of Guinea

The Unique Cultures of Guinea

Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea, it is today sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from its neighbour Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Traditions and customs

Guineans like dance and music. Their traditional musical instruments are the kora, a type of harp made of half of a big calabash and metal or plant strings; the balafon, a wooden xylophone and all sorts of drums and percussion instruments. In the countryside, leisure time is usually spent with the family, by visiting each other or attending village celebrations. People mostly dance at important events, in particular at weddings. For those events, according to the custom, the griots (traditional storytellers) sing songs about each of the guests, mentioning their name, physique and personality. The honoured guest usually thanks them by giving them a small amount of money.


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