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3/16 practice at the Shed by gr3vans on Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:26 am
Michael, Nick, and Jessica

Jessica (girlfriend) has shown some interest in playing a bit. I want to get her into the dunun, so I brought her over to the shed to teach her some basics before Michael and Nick were going to be coming. She is a fast learner and very capable.

Once everyone was there we mostly worked on Soli.
Jess stuck to the Kenkeni and once I had worked out some Sangban variations that were plaguing me I moved over to the djembe and Nick worked on the same variations. On Djembe I worked on some solo phrases that I learned eons ago from Fred Simpson. I also ironed out some issues moving from the echauffment into the break with all duns playing echauf.

All in all it was a good night.

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Mini-Guinea San Diego, May 2010, day 7 by michi on Wed May 05, 2010 10:51 pm
Day 7 (Tuesday) of the camp.

The intermediate group went over Deniya again and then started a new rhythm (6/8) called Sumalo. This rhythm was composed by Mamady and dates back to 1964. It was part of Ballet Djoliba's first repertoire, created on Kassa Island off the coast of Conakry. The ballet performance was called "The Mother". There was a king called Sumalo who was killed in a war. The king's son went to his mother and said "Give me my father's sword so I can go to the war and avenge his death." The son goes to fight in the war and gets killed as well. The performance piece was quite patriotic, reflecting the recent revolutionary spirit of the time. The woman who played the mother is called Fatadabo and now works in Mamady's household in Conakry.

Another interesting snippet about Ballet Djoliba... Of the 500 people who were originally selected from the regional competitions and moved to Kassa Island, 45 were selected to form what eventually became Ballet Djoliba....

[ Continued ]

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Sibo bangoura gig by James on Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:39 am
So I went to the launch party for Sibo Bangoura's new cd in Newtown in Sydney the other day.

There really is quite a lot of djembe action going on here in Sydney and it was a great show.

I'm dying to play djembe again. It been months now. Kinda strange since there's souch djembe action going on here in Sydney. I should probably go and seek out sone lessons from some of the guineans while I'm here.

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Lekule by stephwassa on Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:21 am
Hi Ya... any drum fans out there... can you tell me if you know anything about the rhythm Lekule?
where does it come from?
why is it played?
... and do you know if theres any videos of it, dance or drumming!
Thanks

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Wow, we have blogs by djembefola.com admin on Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:29 am
Hey guys, we all have blogs now! Enjoy!

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