- Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:28 pm #29261
Here's a video I took of a special chauffe dance for Gbada. This dance is usually done when the dununba goes "on-beat". The djembe plays a kind of oosoosoosooss..ssss.oo.. pattern. The last part says "Fadama Dja Gbedeng" which supposedly means "The young girls of Fadama are ripe!". Gbedeng means ripe so "lemunung gbedeng" means "ripe orange". "Dja" (one syllable) means young female cow. This is not the same as "Diya" (two syllables) which is apparently the correct name for the rhythm we usually call "Dja". If any of this is incorrect I'm sure my namesake will intervene with the corrections!