Posts by Category: Music

World Drum Club Interview

Kalani Das and Dave Kobrenski

Videos, Music Sep 8

This past month, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kalani Das for his World Drum Club channel. We chatted about music and drums (of course!) but also about social and cultural issues, the challenges and benefits of learning the djembé, and lots more. Check out the full interview here.

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Behind the Music

Sorsornet and Faama Denké

Music, Anthropology Jun 20

A detailed look at the classic Mande song Faama Denké and the Baga rhythm, Sorsornet. Includes drum notation, sheet music, lyrics and translations.

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Kedjula Kanin

A melodic tribute and study guide

Music Feb 18

The song “Kedjula Kanin” appears on Mamady Keïta’s album, Mandeng Djara, and features an exquisite arrangement and performance. Here is my own recording and study guide to the accompanying song, featuring flute, ngoni, and calabash. Includes Malinké lyrics and English translation.

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Behind the Music

Soli de Daouda Condé

Music Feb 7

A breakdown of the creative process behind the rhythm and song Soli de Daouda Condé, which appears on the Afroflute EP. Includes djembé and dunun phrases, balafon, Fula flute, and more.

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Dununba

Dance of the Strong Men

Music, Anthropology Feb 2

The dununba is an event that belongs to a family of about thirty rhythms and dances, aptly referred to as “the dance of the strong men.” These are day-long feats of endurance by the strongest men of the village.

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Fadama

Original Song by Afroflute

Music, Inspiration, Africa Jan 26

In the village of Fadama, the ancient traditions of the Malinke People dance among the living and breathe fresh air each day. Here, stories and songs take the place of textbooks for passing down a rich oral history that spans centuries. It is the griots who keep this living history alive, and Fadama’s population is comprised largely of griot families. As such, this unassuming little village has long been renowned as a place of knowledge, and dedicated to the dissemination of oral histories through the collective work of countless generations of griots.

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