Discuss traditional rhythms, singing etc
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By djembefeeling
bops wrote:The Malian Bara rhythm is also known as Kote, which comes from Segou region. It's part of Koteba, like Tansole. It was originally played on Bonkolo and ... you guessed it, the Bara drum. That's why the rhythm is also called Bara. The Bara is a large kettle drum worn around the waist and played with the palms of the hands.

What gets confusing is the fact that there are many different meanings and applications of the term Bara. There is a calabash drum, played in Bobo and Senufo regions, which is also called bara. Like others have said, it can mean circle or dance space. If you put the emphasis on the first syllable, it means work. Don't forget the Bari, which is different but also from Segou.
I am just working on the Malian Bara and got confused about all the different information out, so I asked Rainer Polak about it. According to him, Kote/Koteba/Kotetulon is not the same as Bara. He suggests you can play many things on a Kote festivity, like you can on a marriage celebration. However, they are two seperate things, even regional. While there is also a Kote in Beledugu, Bara is not, but it is limited to the Segu region.

Further, in the Segu Bamana ensemble Bara is not played on bara drums. The drums for the base are called Cu/Cun/Cunba, and they can also be smaller and played on the floor. The reference for the rhythms name is the scepter like stick the old men dance with, as you can see in the two videos, which is also called Bara:

watch especially starting with min. 7:15

here, the guy dances with the stick starting at min. 0:43
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By korman
Jessie wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:03 pm
From what I learned, I had thought it as the part of the dundunba that the dancers would start going around the area in a circle walking to the pulse of the sangbahn
djembefeeling wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:37 pm
just for the record - some videos on the dununba "gbada":
It seems to me from these two videos that on:
- they walk freely with the sangban
- then step in the waiting position on the beat (which dundunba is not yet playing)
- then do the chauffe move on the beat (which dundunba now has switched to)
Is that essentially it, or am I missing something?
(I'm talking about rhythm from Hamana/Gberedu, not the Malian one).
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By Dugafola
i didn't watch the videos, but from my experience that's basically it. the dununba will switch to the pulse (sometimes with a variation to mark the step) for the chauffe.

there's also a lot of free dance solo as well.