Bolokada taught Djaa last night with a little arrangement.
interesting tidbit...Bolo told us that he loves Djaa because it's the rhythm/occasion that made him famous in his region. he is a folkloric specialist for all types occasions: weddings, safinamalos, dembadon, baptisms, circumcision, dennabos, kassa, mendiani, kawa etc...but the Djalaban is where it all started.
he explained there are two basic occasions for djaa: the first being the fete/party for young people and the second being the Djalaban - the last "dance" or "fete" for a young woman about to be wed. Djalaban is the first fete in the wedding sequence. the second is the safinamalo(i also got to play a safina...another blog for another time), third is dembadon, and the fourth is the actual marriage. the woman to be married doesn't even get to dance at her own party. she's not even really present until they process her out and her friends and family (all female) dance and sing around her. at the djalaban i played at, the girl actually started crying.
anyways, Bolo would get hired to accompany these Djalabans in the surrounding villages and then later the entire region of Sankaran. Bolo said that many times the family would send a car for himself and his group because he never had a car of his own.
it's this type of notice that eventually led to his name being known in Conakry... and then to percussions de guinee...then abroad to the US and then....to my house!!! I love Djaa too!
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