Suku : Issou Keita

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 twice – the second time is faster with more force.

We like this video because:

  • This video is good for studying. The djembe playing is very clear, and if you are already somewhat familiar with Suku, you’ll be able to hear the dundun line in your mind. If not, it may be difficult to know where the beat is.
  • It’s always really good to see a young man who enthusiastically respects the old language in his playing.

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