2Djembe A type of hand drum from West Africa. The word Djembe comes from the saying “everyone gather together.”The drum is used for all kinds of celebrations and events that bring people together.
3Djembe The shell of the drum is shaped like a goblet and made of wood. The drumhead is traditionally made from goatskin that is attached to the shell with metal rings and rope.
4Djun-Djuns West African bass drum played alongside the Djembe. They are played with sticks and have a powerful low pitched sound.
5Djun-DjunsThe shell of the djun-djun is made from wood and shaped like a cylinder.Djun-djuns have two skins-one on top and one on bottom. They are made out of cow hide.
6Balafon Type of xylophone played with mallets from West Africa. The balafon is made of slates of hardwood cut into different sizes.The different sizes of slates create different pitches
7Balafon The pieces of wood are tied to a frame made of wood or bamboo. Dried gourds are attached underneath to increase volume, sound quality, and resonance.
8N’Daaga N’Daaga is a rhythm from Senegal. It’s mainly played by the Wolof people in Senegal’s capital city, Dakar.
9N’DaagaThis is one of the first rhythms that many Senegalese children learn to dance to.The N’Daaga is played in 3/4 time with a “waltz” feel.
10N’Daaga C G G C G G C G G C C C C G G G C G G G C Stick Drums: N’-Daa-ga N’-Daa-ga N’-Daa-ga Let’s all play theLow Xylophones: N’-Daa-ga N’-Daa-ga N’-Daa-ga Let’s all play theC G G C G G C G G C C C C Hand drums: Se-ne-gal drum Se-ne-gal drumHigh xylophones: Se-ne-gal drum Se-ne-gal drumG G G C G G G C Other percussion: Play N’-Daa-ga from Se-ne-gal N’-Daa-ga
11Lamba Lamba is the song of the djeli. The song showcases the rhythms and melodies of the djeli music from Guinea.Djelis are the traditional musicians and history keepers of West Africa. Many can recite long histories from memory.Dejelis inherit their musical status through their families.
13LambaLamba started as a tune on the balafon. Later, drums and other instruments were added to the musicLamba has become a popular song performed by the djelis for every occasion.In the song, the djelis give thanks for the gift of music.The swing feel in Lamba is similar to the swing feel found in jazz music.
14Lamba E G G E E A A E E G G E E A A E Stick Drums:Play Lam-ba Yea, Play Lam-ba Yeah, Play Lam-ba this way on the drums yeahLow xylophones:Play Lam-ba Yea, Play Lam-ba Yeah, Play Lam-ba this way on the drums yeah C C C D C C C E C C C D C C C C EHand drums: Play the Lam-ba now Let’s all play the Lam-ba now Let’s allHigh xylophone: Let’s play Lam-ba right now Let’s play Lam-ba right nowC C C C D C C C C C D COther xylophones: It is the song of the Dje-li It is the song of the Dje-liE G G E E A A E E G G E E A A E
15MacrouThe Macrou is a rhythm traditionally from the Susu ethnic group..The Susu are located in the western coastal region of Guinea which is where the rhythm comes from.
16MacrouThe Macrou is a rhythm and dance that is most often times played at the time of a full moon.Young people from different villages gather and participate in the social event.The Macrou is usually played with the Yankadi at the same ceremony.Often referred to as a “dance of seduction,” the Macrou is more of social gathering where people get to know each other.
17MacrouThe ceremony typically begins with the Yankadi which is has a slow swing feel. Dancers move in slow sweeping movements while singers face each other.The call of a whistle indicates the change to the Macrou.The Macrou changes to a fun, up-tempo pattern.The dance moves are high energy with interactive group dancing that allows people to make new friends!
18Macrou F F G F F G A C F A D A C F A D Stick Drums: Mac-rou beat play it now! Mac-rou beat play it now!Low xylophones: beat play the beat play theF F G F F GHand drums: Su-su peo-ple from Gui-nea play this!High xylophones: Call it the Mac-rou Call it the Mac-rouA C F A D A C F A DOther xylophone: Play the beat now play it Play the beat now play itF C F C G D F C F C G D
19DidadiDidadi is a song, rhythm, and dance from the Wassoulou region of Mali.
20DidadiDidadi is played to accompany Wassoulou music and for many other occasions like weddings, holidays, and welcoming guests.Traditionally Didadi is performed by young people at harvest festivals in Mali.Drummers play the Didadi rhythm on drums, and dancers compete to win the title “Best Didadi Dancer” at the Didadi games!The xylophone part is the vocal part that is typically sung with the drum pattern.
21Didadi Stick Drums: Now let’s play Di-da-di on the drums Low xylophones: Now let’s play Di-da-di on the drumsE G G G G G E A A Hand drums: Play the beat Play the Di-da-di Yeah!High xylophones:Here is the Di-da-di from the coun-try Ma-liG C E G G E G C E A A E
22TakambaTakamba is a style of rhythm and dance performed by the Tuareg and Sanghai people of Niger and Mali.
23TakambaThe word Takamba comes from an abbreviated version of the Songhai phrase “Ganu mate kan ni ga ba.” Which translates to “Dance the way you like to dance.”Takamba features a graceful dance performed by men and women, seated or standing.The dance is characterized by slow, wave-like movements of the shoulders and arms from right to left. As the mover their arms, the dancers roll their eyes in a sweet, playful way.start at 2:35
24Takamba Now let’s play ta-kam-ba like this Play Ta-kam-ba Stick Drums:Now let’s play ta-kam-ba like this Play Ta-kam-baLow xylophones:Now let’s play ta-kam-ba like this Play Ta-kam-baG G G D D D G G B B A AHand drums: Play Ta-kam-ba Play Ta-kam-baHigh xylophones: Lis-ten to the Ta-kam-baG F D F G D DIt is played on the drum the Ta-kam-ba is so funG A B B B A G A B B B A GExtra xylophone part: Lis-ten to the ta-kam-ba Play the song from the Sa-ha-raG F D F G D D G G F D F G D D
26Miyaabele Miyaabele is a Fulani folk song. Fulanis are an ethnic group found throughout West Africa. Fulanis are traditionally nomadic herders.The Miyaabele is performed in 3/4 time which makes it feel like a beautiful African waltz!
27Miyaabele C E G C E G E G C E E G C E Low Drums with sticks: Mi-yaa-bele Mi-yaa-bele Mi-yaa-bele Let’s all play theLow Xylophones: Mi-yaa-bele Mi-yaa-beleC E G C E GHand drums: Is Fun to play Is fun to playHigh xylophones: Is Fun to play Is fun to playE G C E E G C E Other xylophone: Let’s play the mi-yaa-be-leG E C C C E G
28YankadiThe Yankadi is a rhythm traditionally from the Susu ethnic group..The Susu are located in the western coastal region of Guinea which is where the rhythm comes from.
29YankadiThe Yankadi is a rhythm and dance that is most often played at the time of a full moon.Young people from different villages gather and participate in the social event.The Macrou is usually played with the Yankadi at the same ceremony.Often referred to as a “dance of seduction,” the Yankadi is more of social gathering where people get to know each other.
30YankadiThe ceremony typically begins with the Yankadi which is has a slow swing feel. Dancers move in slow sweeping movements while singers face each other.The call of a whistle indicates the change to the Macrou.The Macrou changes to a fun, up-tempo pattern.The dance moves are high energy with interactive group dancing that allows people to make new friends!
31Yankadi E G E A E G E A E C G C E D A Low Drums with sticks: Gui-nea Gui-nea Gui-neaLow Xylophones: Called Yan-ka-di Called Yan-ka-diE G E A E G E AHand drums: play the beat from the SusuHigh xylophones: play the beat from the Su suE C G C E D A Other xylophone: From Gui-nea From Gui-neaC E G C E G
32MakossaMakossa is a celebration rhythm played in Burkina Faso.
33Makossa Makossa’s purpose is to make people dance and have fun! The xylophone part comes from a song about a dancer named Aisha. The song goes like this:Oh Wey, Oh Wey!Come to our place,Aisha!She really knows how to dance
34Makossa D D A F F G D D A F F G D D D A G F D D D C E C Stick Drums: This song is Ma-kos-sa It comes from Af-ri-caLow Xylophones:This song is Ma-kos-sa It comes from Af-ri-caD D A F F G D D A F F GHand drums: Play the beat we call Ma-kos-saHigh xylophones:Play the Song Ma-kos-sa Bur-kin-a fa-so YEAD D D A G F D D D C E C