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Mendiani : Adama Coulibaly

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If you haven't seen this yet, watch it now! Adama plays an awesome rendition of Mendiani in Kangaba, Mali. We like this video because: Kangaba is in the heart of Mande. This video shows a "Mali version" of Mend...

N’Gri : Seydou Balo, Drissa Kone

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Seydou Balo and Drissa Kone play Ngri in Bamako. They each solo with their own unique style. We like this video because: Seydou and Drissa both play with their own unique style. It's nice to see the contrast. ...

Ngri, Suku : Mamadou Sidibe

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Mamadou Sidibe, plays Ngri and Suku (or Maninka Mory Foli, as it's sometimes called in Tamba) with Samba Traore on Accompaniment. We like this video because: In this video, there are no dunduns, but they play d...

Suku, Madan : Drissa Kone, Sedou Balo

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Drissa Kone and Sedou Balo have fun warming up before a ceremony in Bamako. What a team! We like this video because: Contrast. These guys have really different styles. In Suku, we can learn a lot from watching...

Maraka : Mady Keita

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Mady Keita goes through many root solo phrases for Maraka in this demonstration with Matche Traore playing konkoni. It's a great video to study because the phrasing is very clear, even if it is somewhat dry.

Madan : Madou Sako

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Ahhh.. Madou Sako. Really tasty and melodic stuff in this video. He starts clowning around a bit toward the middle of the video and then brings it back ’round for the grand finale! We like this video because: ...

Mendiani, Tansole, Maraka + More : Daouda Doumbia

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Daouda Doumbiya sings songs and plays some very nice phrasing for a handful of djembe rhythms in Segou, Mali. We Like this Video Because: Daouda sings some songs that are easy to hear. He plays phrases that...

Dansa : Matche Traore, Souleye Sidibe

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Matche and his teacher Souleye Sidibe play djembe solo for Dansa. Matche plays in a very "Bamako" style and Souleye plays in a very "Wassolon" style. We like this video because: We love these videos where two p...

Sunu : Kantara Sakho

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Kantara Sakho demonstrates a rootsy rendition of Sunu under a tree with his baye fall apprentice in Malicounda, near Mbour, Senegal. We like this video because: Kantara is originally from Kaarta, and so is this...

Village Djembe Documentary

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The short documentary by Jeremy Chevrier of Rootsyrecords features Sega Cisse and other villagers from the area of Fuladugu, west of Bamako. There are a lot of familiar rhythms and dances featured in this video, an...

Festival : Segou, Mali

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Malik Drame plays Bara music on bonkolo at a Bamana festival in Segou Mali. Funky! Bonkolo predates Djembe for the Bamana people. Today, in Mali, ancient rhythms like Bara get played on djembe, too. It's good to ge...

Folklore : Marena, Mali

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Nice playing on low-tuned djembes in Marena, a village north of Kita, Mali. More and more villagers from this region have been uploading videos of their villages' festivities. There's a young player in the group wi...

Ngri : Seydou Balo

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Seydou Balo (deceased) plays a great demonstration of Ngri during a class held at the Djembe Hotel in Bamako, Mali. Seydou is from the Wassoulou region of Mali, and so is this rhythm, Ngri. He plays Ngri with a ...

Sumalen : Drissa Kone

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Drissa Kone and his chums play a rhythm called Sumalen - and man, is it ever groovy! We like this video because: This is a very musical rendition of Sumalen. It's a pleasure to watch. There are very few video...

Maraka : Khalifa “Mao” Berthe

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This video is from the Kangaba area south of Bamako. The guy's name is Khalifa Berthe, but he is known as "Mao." Before his death, Mao was one of the main drummers from Kangaba., He sure can play! This video demons...

Bamanafoli : Numuya

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A great Video! A djembe group from England called Numuya plays Bamana Foli with Adam Bailey on solo djembe. They're not master drummers yet, but they're well on their way. They are cooperative, they're well-studie...

Damba : Dialla Diawara

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Dialla Diawara plays Damba at this party for an organization of young women that took place in Kankan, Upper Guinea.  Dialla's phrasing here is powerful and tasteful. He's got the spirit! He's able to play serio...

Jagawara : Aruna Sidibe

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Aruna Sidibe plays a rendition of Djagawara, a rhythm from the region of Wassoulou. This video was taken during a recording session for the CD "Mali Drums: Old Masters" recorded by Michael Pluznik in Bamako. We ...

Madan : Adama Coulibaly

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Exceptionally melodic playing in this video by djembefola Adama Coulibaly in Kangaba, Mali, south of Bamako. Adama leaves a good amount of space in his soloing to let the simple accompaniment and dundun playing com...

Korojuga Music : Segou, Mali

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A procession plays Korojuga music and enters a compound in Segu, Mali. We like this video because: In this video we see the group play a rhythm with a cycle of 5 notes. This is rare in Mande music. It reminds...

Lambang : Gambia

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Many Different Rhythms : Upper Guinea

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Mendiani : Drissa Kone

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For this rendition of Mendiani, Drissa Kone is accompanied by Jeremy Chevrier on djembe and Banou Sidibe on dunduns. Mendiani is one of Drissa's strongest rhythms. He was fortunate enough to have learned much from...

Ceremony In Bamako : Seydou Keita

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Seydou Keita plays djembe tastefully at this ceremony in Bamako. Do you know the name of this rhythm and dance? We like this video because: Seydou is a younger guy with great energy, but unlike many young djemb...