Mamane Barka

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Mamane Barka
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Background information
Birth nameMalam Mamane Barka
Tesker, Niger
Died (aged 59)
Niamey, Niger
InstrumentsBiram, Ngurumi
LabelsWorld Music Network

Malam Mamane Barka (1958/1959 – 21 November 2018) was a Nigerien musician, and one of the world's most prominent players of the biram.[1] He died on 21 November 2018, aged 59.[2]


Malam Mamane Barka was born in 1958 or 1959 in Tesker, a town in the east of the then autonomous republic of Niger. He came from the nomadic people of Toubou. As a player of the Ngurumi, a two-string plucked instrument, he gained popularity in his homeland and neighboring Nigeria. In 2002 he decided to devote himself to the study of Biram. It is a five-stringed instrument used by the Boudouma, a fishing community on Lake Chad, for traditional songs.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Sole, Deanne (18 May 2009). "Mamane Barka: Introducing Mamane Barka". Pop Matters. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Décès du musicien Mamane Mallam Barka ce mercredi à Niamey". (in French). Retrieved 26 November 2018.

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