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?

Key Moments:

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.

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