"Wu koroke"!- Our Heritage

Have a look at an original YouTube video about our project „Wu koroke" financed by UNESCO in Burkina Faso!


„Wu koroke“ means in the language of the Sénoufo people „Our Heritage“ and is a project, which promotes training workshops, festivals and conferences for the Sénoufo people to safeguard their cultural expression and to promote their valuable exhibitions of Sénufo traditional musical instruments. 

The Sénoufo are an ethnic group of about 1.7 million people. Their history can be traced back to the 10th century, when their ancestors, the Siénéfo, lived in what is today Cote d’Ivoire. In the 11th and 12th century the Siénéfo, started to migrate from there into the region of the rivers Baoulé (today’s Mali) and Volta Noire (today’s Burkina Faso), most probably in order to find richer hunting grounds.

It was in the 15th and 16th century when the fusion of different migrating and autochthone groups led to the emergence of the Sénoufo and their brilliant culture based on the foundation of villages, the organization of a socially stratifies society and the care for poetry, music and the carving of holy sculptures, masks and figurines.  Today, the Sénoufo are scattered in West Africa living in Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire. The richness of their culture is also being reflected in the fact that the Sénoufo people speak over 20 different languages. 

Well known for their artistic creativity, resulting in beautifully carved wooden masks made by the subgroup of the “Kulubele” and human figurines made of bronze by the “Kpeembele”, the Sénoufo are also regionally famous for their music. In this video you will hear the sound of traditional Sénoufo music being played and get a glimpse of the many workshops and conferences organized by HOPE’87-Burkina Faso with financial support of the UNESCO Participation Program for the Sénoufo as exchange platforms and to safeguard the tradition from extinction….

More than 2.000 enthusiastic Sénoufo benefitted from this project, carried out by HOPE’87 under the UNESCO Participation Program 2016-2017 contributing to the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage in West Africa. 

If you would like to know more about the projects of HOPE'87, you are very welcome to click on the following link: http://www.hope87.at/sites/default/files/hope87_activityreport_2017.pdf