kosta wrote:Sogoninkun djembes have such a distinct sound. Are they usually played by the lead djembe? Do you find them in other areas of Mali or even Guinea?
Hi Kosta, how are you? Yes, usually there is a soloist and an accompanist, along with a dunun, which is played on both sides as you see in the videos. This style of jembe is prevalent in Wasulu, which covers the border area of Eastern Guinea, Southern Mali, and Northwest Ivory Coast.
Afoba wrote:hello guys,
why do you call the "sogoninkun djembes"? have you heard people calling them that way in Mali? Or is it because a rhythm by that name is often played on small djembes?
I've heard it referred to that way in Wasulu. Sure, there are other rhythms that are played on those jembes - Didadi, Ngri - but I've seen ladies play Ngri on ji dunun as well. Like Duga mentioned, there is traditionally a sogonikun festival which features jembe playing, so I agree that's probably where it takes the name.