davidognomo wrote:On the videos I have access to sometimes it seems that only the 1st soloist has them on his djembe, other times I see all the djembe players using the ears, even when it's a performance with africans and westerns sharing the stage. It's confusing. It doesn't seem to exist one single code.
And what about the coloured roping around the body of the djembe? It's only made for performances, right? Only aesthetics, or something more?
I realize that there will be no hard and fast answers to those questions, but it does seem as if sese in their present form have a lot to do with the availability of wide-ish flat pieces of pre-forged metal.
bubudi wrote:in the interview abdoulaye said that these ears indicate the person's level of playing, that they are given to a player by their master.
it's very possible that such a code existed many years ago (possibly hundreds of years ago), at least somewhere in the mande region (possibly segou and tambacounda).
it's safe to say that the code doesn't currently exist in the majority of mande.
the kid wrote:Look at all the buzz instruments. Africans love buzz. And the cessecesse were there to create buzz. Would they have used another method to create the buss even before the advent of metals? Maybe Carob pods. Who knows?
the kid wrote:I think its crazy to presume CesseCesse were initial made from sheet metal from Europe. According to this next video there were blacksmiths in West Africa in 500bc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu3TgLNR ... 30&index=6
I guess we just don't or can't imagine the sophisticated culture which existed there. It's good to try do.
I would have thought the cessecesse were around for hundreds of years and were used on the bara (calabash jenbes) probably prior to the invention of the jenbe. (was the bara a pre curser to the jenbe is another story do)
Look at all the buzz instruments. Africans love buzz. And the cessecesse were there to create buzz. Would they have used another method to create the buss even before the advent of metals? Maybe Carob pods. Who knows?
davidognomo wrote:I bought a guinean djembe and got the ears, but the guy who gave them to me told me not to put them on in front of people from the mandeng.
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