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Is there a secondary version of Donaba?

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:47 pm
by alanbuchanan
In Mamady Keita's recording of Donaba - here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4W8JEkBdZg1wXkRkJLViPo - a different rhythm to the 'standard' Donaba is played at 3.32.

The phrase length is twice as long as normal Donaba.

I can't find this notated anywhere but the rhythm is just so brilliant.

Is this a 'secondary' version of Donaba or a different rhythm entirely?

Re: Is there a secondary version of Donaba?

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:49 pm
by Samsuke
I have had the same question for a while.
I know that the name of the rhythm that follows the Donaba on the CD is N'fakaba.
I have wondered "Why N'fakaba here?".
I had noticed the similarity of the melody between the two.
I thought they were too similar.
And then I came across an article in which N'fakaba is called "Donaba 2".
Is that so!?
If it is, the similarity is well explained.

Re: Is there a secondary version of Donaba?

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:24 pm
by Dugafola
yes that's basically it.

but in upper guinea, they'll play the kenkeni on the beat for n'fa kaba/donaba 2.