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By jadelemonaid
#10217
For those looking for Djembefolas from Mali, Drissa Kone is definitely one to check out and study with. He was my first real teacher and took my playing to a new level in just a couple of weeks. When I get more money, i definitely plan to study with him again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH_fdU68UwY
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By michi
#10223
I second that. I took a few lessons with him two years ago in Bamako. He's excellent.

Cheers,

Michi.
By komadich
#10257
I agree, too. He is a good teacher and shows you the essence of a rhythm.
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By michi
#14293
Yes he does, but only a little. Enough to get by for lessons. Don't expect to have philosophical conversations or anything along these lines though :-)

Cheers,

Michi.
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By djembefeeling
#24311
Hi Gerhard,

sounds good. could you provide a tracklist for the cd? if possible not just by the title of the songs, but also of the rhythms?

cheers, jürgen
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By michalkow
#31761
I love his style of playing (especially low tones) and try to get a similar sound.

Does Drissa use a thicker or rather thinner skins? Or even low tuned cowskin? Can't recognize that..
By davidognomo
#31772
I don't believe it's cow or calf skin. I think he plays goat on most of the videos I see of him. But I notice he doesn't use his djembe with a too high pitch. He also uses a signature slap, not quite what I would call a tonpalo, but maybe that's what they call "lee", a signature slap, or a third slap, supposedly originated from the Wossolon region, as some people referred to it here on the forum.
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By Dugafola
#39021
davidognomo wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:17 am
I don't believe it's cow or calf skin. I think he plays goat on most of the videos I see of him. But I notice he doesn't use his djembe with a too high pitch. He also uses a signature slap, not quite what I would call a tonpalo, but maybe that's what they call "lee", a signature slap, or a third slap, supposedly originated from the Wossolon region, as some people referred to it here on the forum.
I worked with drissa over the winter and he plays goat. his personal jenbes are lenke.

he has a distinct hand technique where his index fingers are raised and hit the skin last.

lastly, I don't think a thing called "lee" exists...rather just a nice story from MK.
By fiene_bee
#39394
Where does Drissa Kone teach these days? I know he used to teach in the Djembe hotel in Bamako, but I can not find any info on the hotel any more...
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By Dugafola
#39395
fiene_bee wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:36 pm
Where does Drissa Kone teach these days? I know he used to teach in the Djembe hotel in Bamako, but I can not find any info on the hotel any more...
He’ll teach wherever he need to. He lives in Badialan neighborhood of Bamako. I have his number if you need it.