"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 that promotes training workshops, festivals and conferences for the Sénoufo people to safeguard their cultural expression and to promote 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), likely in order to find richer hunting grounds.

In the 15th and 16th century, 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 reflected in the fact that the Sénoufo people speak over 20 different languages. 

Well known for their artistic creativity, expressed through 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 the financial support of the UNESCO Participation Program, for the Sénoufo as exchange platforms and to safeguard their traditions from extinction….

More than 2.000 enthusiastic Sénoufo benefitted from this project that was carried out by HOPE’87 under the UNESCO Participation Program 2016-2017, thus 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