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Bass Djembe Solo
Sometimes less is more.
Dunumba Arrangement
I made this two decades ago... I didn't change it much since then. Use it as intro and outro.
Dunumba Kenkeni
This is the first part of a solo I played at the end of my 2016 summer workshop.
Easy Kakilambe
Some grooves are easy to play because their individual parts just blend nicely already without the use of advanced skills. I arranged EASY KAKILAMBE for three djembes with this option in mind.
Fadouba Oulare 4/4 Solo
"The best is even better than I thought".
Full Blue
I always I felt an obvious link between "All Blues" and west-african grooves.
Improving Your Inspiration
Another point of view…
Koungbanan Conde - 4/4 SOLO
This solo could fit equally on any kind of relaxed binary groove.
Liquid Playing
In accompanying situations, basic djembe patterns are expected to be played with a steady groove. I call this "solid" playing. In other situations - intro, long rests from the soloist, solo situation - playing "liquid" is a better choice.
Mare Sanogo - Mendiani Solo
Mare played this solo during the recording of my CD "Percussion Ensemble". Near three decades later it remains fresh and challenging!
More About My Bell Technique
In this tutorial I explain the different kind of rebounds I use with my technique. Pretty simple, but it needs practice and time.
Pattern Embellishment
"Old school" embellishment techniques.
Playing On Beats
In some situations masters and beginners play the same patterns.
Playing Together
Playing without thirty minutes warm-up and discussion requires an appropriate attitude.
Weedie Braimah - Showcase
A brilliant coordination showcase.