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 Mendiani, smack dab in its native habitat.
- Adama is obviously very comfortable with Mendiani. It’s great to see how he glides effortlessly between solo themes.
- There is an interesting dundun variation in this video that is unique. Have you heard it anywhere before?
2:37 – Classic Theme – This is played in Mendiani when the girls are doing a particular dance “step” while riding up on top of the man’s shoulders.
3:32 – Bala starts playing an alternate dundun pattern which we don’t hear often.