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Mamady Keita - djembefola

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I was very lucky in 1995 to spend a weekend with Mamady Keita and troupe studying traditional West African djembe music. After just two days, my lead djembe playing went to the next level. Mamady has become quite the ambassador for the djembe worldwide.

 

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I'd recommend to master the 3 main sounds of the djembe. Bass, tone, and slap. Those 3 sounds comprise most all of the rhythms. The slap is the most difficult to learn. People often mistakenly play it on the edge of the drum and hurt themselves. The slap should come from the fingertips.

Once you get those 3 sounds distinct and pronounced, then you are ready to get into learning some of the West African songs. Most of the parts to the songs are easy to moderate to learn. They all interlock which where the magic is at. :bounce:

Here is a lil tutorial by Mamady

http://djembefola.com/learn/articles/djembe/sounds

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