I know how they call it in Senegal: N'grin! It's strange also, compared to what I learned till so far on ngrin. They start with a slow version, which is played while the jeli is singing and the women are dancing in circles. (I try to share more of this when I get home. The wifi here is.... african.) Then they play it like in the video. Everybody recognizes the n'grin in, what they call it, the second part. It's the rhythm as we know it, like in Mali, with the same feeling, but different phrasing. Then there is a third part, where the djembe only plays tátadiditátadiditátadiditátadidi (played it for hours today on a baptem) and the dunun changes into a very fast ternary feel. But sometimes when I play it I miss the change, and just keep on playing the accompaniment for the second part.... (untill Kantara tries to hit me...) So does it really change from binary to ternary? You can also still play the same dunun as in the 'second part', but really fast!
I don't know what happened between Mali and Senegal, but they are Malians, Kantara was born in Mali and raised in his tradition. But when they hear this over in Wassoulou, I'm very curious what they will say of it. The research keeps on going!
Thanks for the reactions.