The intermediates spent the morning learning Soli Des Wassolon. It's the same as Soli Rapide, except for a different sangban. Mamady taught the solo original for Soli Rapide for that.
The advanced group did a dundunba called Kibalen. It's a traditional rhythm for men aged 15-25 (roughly). It's a fairly straight-forward dundunba--16-beat cycle, and most of the sangban part is on-beat, so it's quite easy to feel.
The afternoon was spent working on the pyramid (this time standing up). A lot of fun--good mood, and the pyramid is really coming together. Quite tight now, and good to listen to. Mamady assigned solos for the pyramid (20 of them--some people bowed out). He spread the solos over the first four rhythms (5 each). The solos for Matoto will be played by the pros: Ali, Bill, Monette, Aji, Mahiri (Aji (sp?) and Mahiri arrived today), and one other person whose name I forget right now. (Mamady won't solo--he said his solo is the final "bri bidi bi bidi babada"
Mamady gave a long speech about how he felt about the workshop, how it all panned out, and thanked us several times. Man, I'm blown away yet again. The team spirit and good vibes he creates are awesome, and his humility is just amazing. There is one of the best djembe players the world has ever seen, and he thanks his students for giving him their energy. (And he truly believes that. I had a long conversation with him over dinner two nights ago, and his passion for teaching and his compassion for his students is so strong, you can just about touch it with your hands.)
Tomorrow, it's a three-hour rehearsal for the pyramid and (I think) a short dress rehearsal on stage before the performance at around 5pm. After the performance, we'll all congregate at Mamady's house for a party, with genuine African food prepared by his niece (yum!)
We haven't reached the end yet, but this is heads and shoulders the best camp I've ever attended...