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List of Rhythms

+Initiation and Circumcision
+Dununba
+Girls and Women
+Masks
+Professional Categories
+Special Dances
+Two Old Rhythms
+Popular Rhythms

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Popular Rhythms
Popular rhythms are played whenever people get together and dance. These are everyday festivities which happen spontaneously and without much preparation.

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Denadon
-116KB each
Traditional Ethnic Group: Malinke
Northeast Guinea

Denadon is generally played as a welcome rhythm before the Mendiani festival.

All instruments
Djembe1
Djembe2
Dunun Set
Dununba only
Sangban only
Kenkeni only
Djole
-113 KB each
Traditional Ethnic Group: Temine
Border Region Guinea/ Sierra Leone

Djole is a very famous rhythm and nowadays, it's played all over West Africa. In the begining, it was a mask dance representing a woman. The mask was worn by a man who dressed as awoman.
Djole always was a great village festivity, where several villages got together and celebrate a big harvest, the end of Ramadan, or a wedding.

All instruments
Djembe1
Djembe2
Djembe3
Dunun Set
Dununba only
Sangban only
Kenkeni only
Fankani
-129KB each
Traditional Ethnic Group: Malinke
Wassolon Region

Wassolon is a region spread between Guinea and Mali and it is said Djembe came from this region.
In this region, Fankani is played at all popular celebrations, especially those welcoming important visitors to the village.

All instruments
Djembe1
Djembe2
Dunun Set
Dununba only
Sangban only
Kenkeni only
Kuku (Koukou)
-113KB each
Traditional Ethnic Group: Manian
Forest Guinea and Ivory Coast

Today, Kuku is a popular rhythm played at all kinds of festivals, including full moon celebrations. Kuku is a women's dance performed in a circle.
Originally, Kuku was played when the women came back from fishing. They would take their fishing tools and dance.
The rhythm was only played on djembes, and one of the three was low-tuned instead of using dunun.
The first and second djembe accompaniments are traditional, the third and fourth djembe accompaniments are composed by Mamady Keita.

=Song=
Oh iya! I te kuku fo n'nye.
Oh iya! I te kuku fo n'nye.
Oh yeah! Play Kuku for me!
From Rhythms and Songs from Guinea by Famoudou Konate

All instruments
Djembe1
Djembe2
Djembe3
Djembe4
Dunun Set
Dununba only
Sangban only
Kenkeni only
Sinte (Sint)
-185KB each
Traditional Ethnic Group: Susu
Nalu

This is played at celebrations.

All instruments
Djembe1
Djembe2
Dunun Set
Dununba only
Sangban only
Kenkeni only
Sunun (Sunu,Sounou)
-99KB each
Traditional Ethnic Group: Kassounke
Mali, Kayes region

Sunun is a popular rhythm played at all popular festivities. Sunun is the song and the real name for the rhythm is Gui. This song is named after a female dancer, Sunun. Although there are many different songs for Sunun, a lot of them are about wedding and marriage.
Now Sunun is a rhythm often played all over West Africa and no wonder there are many interpretations and variations.
Although patterns for the duns can be found for different bassdrums, the melody of these bassdrums together characterize the Sunun melody.

All instruments
Djembe1
Djembe2
Dunun Set
Dununba only
Sangban only
Kenkeni only

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