What I Learnt From Fode Youla

WHAT I LEARNT FROM HIM
Not only was Fode Youla the first djembe player I heard, he taught me some essential concepts
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Boomerang

Another Kind Of "Come Back To Africa"
I explained Zourakie Dembele I wanted to teach one of my rhythms to his team. He agreed.
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Not Perfect... But Perfect

Work in Progress
Zourakie Dembele team in the process of playing my rhythm, "L0uis". Sometimes you just get happy not being perfect but being connected…
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Prague November 2016

flexible
Gentle and Creative
People generally think I am not interested in teaching to beginners. In fact I enjoy very much starting from there. Nothing to rebuild, enthusiasm, freshness... The Prague beginner sessions were especially enjoyable, we were able to be creative while learning. Thumbs up!
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Pattern Embellishment

Pattern embellishment - explained
It's not easy to see what is hidden behind advanced embellishments. In this tutorial I will explain the "what" the "why" and the "how" from one isolated sound to a classic solo pattern you certainly have already heard.

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Focus On Patterns!

I was first exposed to djembe music in 1973 when I heard Fode YOULA playing on Claude NOUGARO’s album "Locomotive d’or". A few years later I went to Africa and began to learn. Over years I have seen changes happening about the way this music is taught by Africans. Emergence of beat tapping is one of them.
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Great Djembe Solos - Koungbanan CONDE | 4/4

LESS IS MORE
This solo doesn't come with all the fancy ingredients of today's players (tight tuning - high level - double-tempo patterns) but every measure of this solo, the way patterns blend into each other with logic and humor, reminds all of us what playing with rhythm really is.
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Mare SANOGO - Mendiani

Mare SANOGO - MENDIANI
Percussion Ensemble CD -Transcription from 2'08" to 3'34".

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