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TITLE: THE MALI TRADITION: THE ART OF 
JEMBE DRUMMING
ARTIST: JARABA YAKITE, YAMADU BANI
DUMBIA, JELI MADI KUYATE (JEMBE)
AND MADU JAKITE (DUNUN)
FORMAT: CD
NUMBER: LC 7651
COMPANY: BANDALOOP RECORDS
 
DISTRIBUTED BY:
 
OHRWASCHL RECORDS
 

This is a wonderful CD, musically and didactically. Each piece is played by 2 musicians only, a jembe soloist with dunun accompaniment, no bell. It is very clear allowing one to distinguish the parts, and it is a great source of inspiration. All are traditional pieces played in the Malian style, with instruments tuned differently, and less aggressive than the Guinean style. The dunun is most likely equipped with a goat skin rather than cow, which results in a more metallic sound.

This reminds me of Adama Drame's solo recordings in terms of the pulse, but less dense - as the liner notes translation says, 'the void represents space they (the musicians) enjoy to fill with sound'.

You just can't resist the swing.

It puts tradition somewhat in perspective, as the notes indicate that some of the pieces some are of Peul origin whereas others come from Senegal, and were in earlier times played on different instruments or have simply been incorporated into the tradition of that particular village. In addition, you will find some of these pieces played slightly differently in Guinea (Soboninkun), possibly with a different name (Madan = Jagbe) or the same name attached to a different rhythm (Komo). and of course, some of the rhythms were 'traditionally' played for some rituals (Komo again) that no longer exist, but the rhythms are still played and danced for popular events.

To paraphrase a dull business saying, all fixed rhythms are variable in the long-term. 

Songs
1. Fula
2. Madan
3. Maraka
4. Sogoninkun
4. Sabaro
5. Wolosodon
6. Komo
7. Kofili
8. Kirin
9. Burun
10. Maa Nyuman
11. Jina 1
12. Jina 2
13. Jina 3

Yves Goulnik

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