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Komo : Daouda Doumbia

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Sunu : Lamine Traore

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Ngri : Rainer Polak, Gerhard Kero

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Mendiani Dance : Mariam Diakite

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Madan Dance : Mariam Diakite

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Ngri : Mady Keita

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Mady Keita plays Ngri for his drum students in Australia.

Maraka : Matche Traore

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Matche Traore demonstrates the rhythm Maraka accompanied by Jesse Servin, and Aaron in Bamako. January 2016.

Sogoninkun, Ngri : Seydou Balo

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Seydou Balo plays two rhythms from his home region of Wassoulou. First Sogoninkun and then Ngri. We like this video because: Seydou and konkoni player Madou Diakite take us through different movements of th...

Sungurubani, Fura : Souleymane Sidibe, Matche Traore

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Matche Traore and his teacher Souleymane Sidibe play two rhythms in this video shot in Bamako at The Djembe Hotel. They are joined by Sidi Jan Traore, a djembe player visiting from Kayes. The first is a rhythm with...

Suku : Issou Keita

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This is a clean Bamako version of Suku (Soli Rapide) with clear language and minimal embellishments. Issou (Student of Matche Traore, and son to Michael Tivier of Wassoulou Percussions) plays through a sequence tw...

Sunu : Karim Coulibaly

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Karim Coulibaly (Featured as a guest soloist on Sega Sidibe's most recent release) and another guy (possibly Sheik Oumar Traore) play Sunu in Bamako.  The first guy plays his solo mostly with tones and closed slaps...

Farabakan : Sega Sidibe

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This is a fantastic rendition of Farabakan, or "Kalabanka", as Sega says it was originally called. According to a thread on djembefola.com, Sega has been known to say that this rhythm was played without dundun unti...

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...

Mendiani : Madou Sako

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This is a clean, solid rendition of Mendiani by Madou Sako and one dundun player on ballet style dunduns. Madou's playing is really tasty. In this video, he plays pure, no-frills Mendiani without making it dry and ...

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.

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...