Peul Flute

Individual classes by Zilien Biret

The Peul flute of Guinea Conakry is also known as the “fule” or “Pastoral flute”. This instrument was already played under the reign of the great king Sundiata Keïta (13th century), whose Mandingo empire extended over Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Guinea.

As a three-hole flute made of reed and beeswax, the Peul flute characterizes itself by incorporating sounds modulated by the human voice into its playing. As for the instrument’s repertoire, its origins come as much from griots, farmers and blacksmiths.

Nowadays, the instrument remains popular in traditional festivals as well as in large instrumental orchestras next to instruments such as balafons, n’goni, kora and chants. The flute is taught according to traditional oral methods which are complemented by a traditional written notation system.

Content and Objectives of the class

  • Learning of notes played on the flute
  • Chant techniques with the flute
  • Introduction to techniques of sound-blow-breath
  • Learning of traditional melodies
  • Learning of accompanying & soloist phrases to play with others


  • Session of 10 classes: $470

Where to find the instrument 

The instrument can be purchased or made during the session (including reparation techniques and setting of the mouthpiece)