Madan : Adama Coulibaly

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 come through.

Toward the end of the video, the dance starts to heat up, leading into what’s called “Mana Mani” in this video. With the two videos together, you get a good idea of how the piece progresses from slow to fast.

Key Moments:

  • 0:19 In this video, an alternate dundun pattern is played for Madan. This dundun pattern is usually associated with the faster rhythm Wurukutu, which sometimes gets played after Madan speeds up.

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