Video of Kuku djembe accompaniment

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The history and origins of Kuku

The Beyloa region is not part of the Mandeng, 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

kuta says:

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Mojovod says:

I think this is the best interface I have seen in lessons so far ... video hand notation cue and hands .... all rolled into one! Good work!




gmdirector says:

I agree that this is a great interface! Sound quality is great as well. Keep it coming.




malayang mga kamay says:

i know how to play the djembe but i didn't have formal lessons. i'm an auditory learner i can say but the interace made me a visual learner as well!




bill says:

I have been learning for only a couple months now. Having done a lot of Google searches and youtube as well, this site is by far the best and this method of learning is perfect. Are there much more lessons like this with assorted beats? I just joined yesterday. A real newbie!!




Shakerman says:

Can you please verify another djembe part played often with this: B - - B - - T - T - TT - - This song rocks, played it a zillion times! :) Thanks for the best charting along with simple audio.. you'll help alot of people with this! :)




phil says:

just bought my first djembe to day.I hav'nt had a lesson yet and even I can follow the video clip, wow thats awsome.




ezkerti says:

hi i would like to know the djun djun and kenkeni parts for kuku




GigiGumDrop says:

This Is Wonderful!!! I am currently in a beginners class and its so hard to practice on my own! this will be of so much use!! thank you!!




Eamon Carrick says:

Hi, I have just opened an account here and hope to learn some tips for our Community drumming group. The group is about 3 months old




grache01 says:

This is a great set up for video lessons... my only caution would be that the player\'s hands are not in good position for the tones and slaps. Tones and slaps should be played with the fatty part of your hand where your fingers meet the hand hitting the rim of the drum. This play seems to be hitting the rim somewhere below the knuckle on most of the fingers, with only the tip of the index finger hitting the drum. Use these videos to learn the rhythms, but they\'re not a good source for technique.




Sax says:

Hi guys. I\'m Sax from Italy and this is the first post for me. My English is not so trained but I will try little by little. Someone knows where we colud find some examples of traditional Kuku (only djembe) played by beyla people? I listened to a lot of cds but the only version I like are from Mamady\'s Wassolon and A giatè albums. I would like to listen to someone real roots!! ThanX !!!! waiting ypur experience.




Sax says:

Hi guys. I\'m Sax from Italy and this is the first post for me. My English is not so trained but I will try little by little. Someone knows where we colud find some examples of traditional Kuku (only djembe) played by beyla people? I listened to a lot of cds but the only version I like are from Mamady\'s Wassolon and A giatè albums. I would like to listen to someone real roots!! ThanX !!!! waiting for your experience.




Sax says:

Hi guys. I\'m Sax from Italy and this is the first post for me. My English is not so trained but I will try little by little. Someone knows where we colud find some examples of traditional Kuku (only djembe) played by beyla people? I listened to a lot of cds but the only version I like are from Mamady\'s Wassolon and A giatè albums. I would like to listen to someone real roots to understand how traditional solo go on. However this two patterns toghether sound really good!!! ThanX !!!! waiting for your experience.




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Hawkdrummer says:

I have just recommended your website to six of my drumming friends. I hope they will join up and contribute. Happy Drumming. Celebrate Life. Tony




mleger says:

Great presentation, very easy to follow. I\'m learning the notation at the same time I can watch the hands to get the flow.Thanks!!!




atomik says:

nice site, good work




Leslee says:

Does anybody have any Kuku solos and other djembe parts




igor says:

It is put very nicely and understandable with many details needed. Thank you!




ben2056 says:

Awesome! Thank you for this!





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