Discuss traditional rhythms, singing etc
By Daniel Preissler
Hello everybody,
Bubudi asked for recordings of what I call Wala-Wala (the name from Kouroussa, I heard the name "Sabar" several times, too d;-) ) or Numan.
I got some videos with the girls dancing to at a Dya fête or a wedding party, but I have to look for clips that are short enough to post or I have to cut them. Both actions take some time.
So here you get a cool version of my own band Tolonba:

http://www.myspace.com/tolonba/music/so ... --76222270

and a mask version (Numan) from Gberedu that I had put on youtube some time ago and nearly nobody was interested in d;-). I think the mask version is the older one and they took it over to all sorts of female fêtes in the last 10 (15, 20?) years. That night they started playing with one Sangban, one Kensedeni and one Djembé, but due to the fact that it was at the beginning of a Soli night and several groups were there, every instrument was doubled after a while:

Have a nice time,
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By korman
I heard this rhythm on the "Bundiani" album, and it's a nice, simple stomping groove with a good crowd-pleasing potential.

Am I getting it right that the basic parts go like this?
s--ss-tts--ss-tt djembe accompaniment
b-bb-b-bb-b-bb-- bell
s---s---s---s--- sangban
-------dd-d-dd-- dununba
If there was a kenkeni, what would be played on it, given that downbeat is already on sangban?
Also I think on the CD roles are reversed (downbeat is played by the dununba)?
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By korman
More videos of this rhythm

Also, I found a following snippet of info in this blog
https://marksdjembeblog.wordpress.com/2 ... f-rhythms/
I was asked recently if I knew of the Walla Walla family of rhythms which are very popular in Guinea. Nansady has taught me 3 different rhythms from this family. All are 4/4 time but with different character- the bass drum parts are very different for each. Iya Sako has taught Walla Walla family rhythms which are in 6/8 time (Iya comes from the Wassalon region rather than the Hamana region but also teaches Malinke rhythms).

Walla Walla dancers are very popular. They are men who dress as women and dance at the fete Malinke.

The dancer is dressed in fine clothing and vibrant colours and dances solo for the rhythms played from this family.
Has anyone learned any of these rhythms?