I was told that in Baro (Gberedu region) it is extremely unusual for djembe to be played at a funeral but if it is going to be played the rhythm would be Numunka Bolo (also called just Numun I think) which is the blacksmith's rhythm (numun means blacksmith). I think that they said it could be done if the village chief dies and they said it could be done for another person's funeral but I forget who. I saw a funeral when I was in Baro that had music, but not djembe played at it. A "grand cultivateur" (very important/successful farmer) died and they sang all of the Kassa songs and played Tama along with a few smaller drums which I don't know the name of. I would gladly upload all of the recordings but all of them are larger than 2mb which is the upload limit. Any suggestions? They are originally WAV but I converted them all to MP3 to upload them and they are still too big. As regards other regions I have no idea.
Last edited by dleufer on Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
In sankaran, they used to play music when someone died often times day of. That stopped in the late 70s and now music would often be played when the mourning was finished. That could be days and or weeks.
As far as the type of music, Bolo said it often related to the type of job the person had. IE kassa konkoba sofa donso bundiani etc. or the family lineage IE Keita Kourouma/doumbia Mara etc.