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Cultural Music for Your Wedding Celebration

The Fanoko Singers want to help you celebrate your heritage, as well as your wedding, by playing traditional Queh Queh music. Ours is a dying musical art that very few local artists perform, but we are a group of authentic Guyanese musicians who pay homage to our ancestors with every note.


Bongo Drums

Learn about Fanoko Singers

We bring a touch of our motherland to every wedding celebration in which we take part. Based in Maplewood, New Jersey, the Fanoko Singers play drums and sing classic Afro-Guyanese music that instills a sense of the continent to people that may have never experienced the ethos found there. Our music helps people connect with their Guyanese culture. Whether you are planning a traditional wedding or a simple soiree, we know songs that were written in our homeland that always bring smiles to the faces of all that hear them.

Our singers are a tribute to a part of our heritage that many people have forgotten. We became a group while we were celebrating a wedding anniversary. It was then that we started playing and singing together with no rehearsal or practice. Our musical family has been playing together for more than five years, and we are currently recording our second album.


Queh Queh

Make your wedding celebration something to remember. The Fanoko Singers sing and play traditional Guyanese music that reminds people of where they come from on one of the most important days of their lives. Our African wedding music allows the Guyanese people in the Maplewood, New Jersey, area to feel their history in every beat.

Our Cultural Way to Celebrate

A traditional Guyanese wedding actually begins the night before the ceremony. A Queh Queh is when the bride's family gathers at her house to enjoy company and cooking. The groom does the same at his house. Later in the evening, the groom and his party go to the bride's house in search of her while they beat drums and sing.

As they walk down the street, the bride's family and friends form a barrier and guard the gate so that the groom cannot enter until he begs for her. Once the groom is allowed to enter, he must search the crowd for his love, who is in disguise. When she is found, she sits on a chair. A white cloth is placed over her head, and she is lifted by relatives while everyone celebrates and continues singing and dancing.


Lumbay

Lumbay is a blend of Guyanese rhythms from our six races. Because it can move seamlessly among various ethnic groups with each group making their rhythm the dominate beat in the music, Lumbay is very unique and variable. The rhythms of Guyana are as follows:

The Amerindians Had Their Chui Chui Rhythm | The Africans Brought the Queh Queh, Komfo Drums, & the Masquerade | 
The East Indians Brought the Dig Dutty, Tassa Drums, & Dantal | The Portuguese & Europeans Brought Their Western Instruments | 
The Chinese Brought Their Dragon Dance Rhythm

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