michi wrote: I've had other teachers hint that Konden often precedes Dunungbe, but I'm still hazy on whether or not Konden ought to be classified as being in the dundunba family.
It depends on what you mean by "family". In the sense of families as categories for structures, Konden does belong to that family. Other than that, doubt it. But back to topic.
JSB wrote:I don't know mandinka, but in bambara, the word for "pure" is "Je".
In Malinké, gbé
is white/pure. It still puzzles me if Mansa Camios explanation as drumming for no occasion fits this sense of "pure" drum...