The group comprises the Guissé brothers : Alioune , Djiby and Cheikh , who come from the Fouta in Northern Senegal (in the Matam region, along the Senegal River). They compose mainly in their native language Pulaar and in Wolof . Their music has its roots in several different Senegalese and West African cultures. In this Peulh cultural community, where the caste system still exists, each socio-economic group has its own musical identity: a distinct style, structure and dance. For example, Pekaan , the music of the fishermen caste, tells the epic story of Soubalbé fishermen according to whose myth at the bottom of the sea organizes man's everyday life. Gambalaa , the music of the hunters, is incantation as a song - that of the Ceddo hunters, which exalts courage and the heroic ideal. Dillere is the music of the Maboubé weavers, Yela that of the Awloube griots, the master wordsmiths, while Rippoo , a genre which crosses the boundaries of social groups, is, among other things, music for young girls. The group thus draws inspiration from the fertile fabric of this society, a fabric rewoven to reveal both mystical and symbolic dimensions.
Les Frères Guissé have established a new kind of Senegalese music, one that is a long way from mbalax. It is essentially acoustic and enhanced by the sounds of world music, with the emphasis on harmonics.
"Our music is not intended for any people or age group in particular. It is music for all men and women of all races: like a river, its destiny is not to turn in on its ethnic circle, but instead to dive into the ocean of world music, and take on an identity that is open to others. It is the manatee that never forgets the sea...".
In their sincere approach to music, their efforts to demonstrate the diversity of Senegalese rhythms, the Frères Guissé have shown both consistency and determination.


"YAKAAR", 2008 June 16