- Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:53 pm
I got my copy of the DVD yesterday. The rhythms are presented in the same style as in Mohamed's previous two DVDs: you get each part on djembe and dunduns demonstrated by Mohamed, plus a one-by-one section where each of the instruments enters in turn (kenkeni, sangban, dundunba, djembe 1, djembe 2), plus a performance of the rhythm.
One thing I appreciated is that Mohamed makes more of an effort to provide cultural background on each rhythm, so you get to find out where the rhythm is from, who plays it, and for what occasion. Mohamed also sprinkles in a bit of background information about Guinea and its different regions and ethnic groups.
The performance section is very similar to the one on Volume 2. You get nice solos that are suitable for learning. Not so complex that you don't have a chance to pick it up, and with the handing clearly visible. The performance section also adds a break for each rhythm, so you are not stuck with the usual boring call.
Bonus material includes an introduction by Mohamed, a track on solo technique, and a track "Bangouraké Live". Unfortunately, the introduction and the track "A Few Solo Techniques" are identical to the ones on Volume 2. I was disappointed by that. Why do this? It should have been possible to record an introduction and a different set of solo techniques for this DVD, even if the footage could not be taken in Africa. If you have Volume 2 already, the only new bonus material you get is the "Bangouraké Live" track.
The "Bangouraké Live" track differs from the Volume 2 track of the same name. It's a 4:34 recording of Tiriba. Nice, but not outstanding.
Volume 3 includes "Yoki", which was also included on Volume 1 as "Guinee Faré". In the introduction to Yoki, Mohamed explains that it is in the same family as Guinee Faré, but a little different, and then explains that Yoki is a mask dance. Comparing the two versions, they differ in that the sangban and kenkeni are swapped (in Yoki, the sangban plays the kenkeni part of Guinee Faré and vice versa). The dundunba is also different, and one of the two djembe accompaniments changes. Overall, I'm surprised though to see the inclusion of Yoki in Volume 3, seeing that it is very similar to Guinee Faré on Volume 1.
Overall though, I think this is a good teaching DVD. It continues in the same style as Volume 2 and Volume 3: seven rhythms with clear presentation and interesting (and learnable) solos.