Learn to play Kuku on djembe

This is a free djembe lesson for the traditional Beyloa rhythm called Kuku

The history and origins of Kuku

The Beyloa region is not part of the Mandeng empire, but was settled by the Malinke several centuries ago. The 2 languages are close enough to each other today to be understood by each group.

This rhythm was originally reserved for woman who danced when work had ended. Kuku is a very popular rhythm today and is played at every celebration, most notably the full moon.

Originally didn't have any dunduns and was played only on hand drums, so the dunduns that are played with this rhythm today are largely improvised.

Source: Mamady Keita


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