Related Youtube Links for Djembe
Here are a collection of useful youtube videos that are either featured in the drumming lessons or are related to them.
Please note: These videos are not the property of LSMS. You should ask permission from an adult before going online and only use youtube with an adult present.
Some of the many West African instruments
Famoro Dioubate plays Balafon and sings. Balafon is a popular instrument in West Africa especially in Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. Balafons come in different sizes, styles and tunings. You will often find balafon being played along with djembe, dunduns, calabash and kora.
Bassidi and Khalifa Kone play a balafon duet.
Afro Faso Jeunesse play Balafon, Bara drums, djembe and duns.
Zoumana Dembelé leads his group that includes Fula flute at the start of the clip along with Balafon, djembe, dunduns and Tama drum (sometimes called "talking drum" in the west).
Bassirou Sanou plays the Mandingue flute
A helpful overview of the Krin.
Seckou Keita plays the Kora (West African Harp). This is an original piece called "The Invisible Man" from his album "22 Strings".
Youssou Diatta plays Sabar drumming for the naming ceremony of his niece. Sabar drums originated from the Serer people of Senegal, and is also very popular in Gambia.
Master Djembe drummers to look out for
Here are three Guinean masters: Mamady Keita, Famadou Konate and Fadouba Oulare who are revered and greatly respected. They were pioneers who first made djembe popular over the rest of the world, especially Mamady Keita in that respect.
Young generation of masters: Babara Bangoura, Harouna Dembele, Adama "Bilarou" Dembele, Adama ' Petit' Diarra & Thomas Guei.
Born in Ivory Coast, Sidiki Dembelé is a young rising star who has lived in Manchester, England for some time now.
Drissa Kone is a very well respected Djembe player from Mali who has extensive knowledge.
Fode Seydou Bangoura is another young generation master djembe player from Guinea who is popular amongst djembe players.
Bolokada Conde is a well respected djembe player of the older generation from Guinea.
Drum and Dance
Tanante perform with lead djembe from Iya Sako, all of whom live in and around Manchester, England. Notice how everyone is welcome to do a solo dance, including children!
Harouna Dembele plays lead djembe for the rhythm and dance "Kawa". Notice how the djembe has to mark the steps of the dancers who perform improvised dance solos.
General Music Videos
Djembe in Modern Culture
Tinariwen are a popular band from the Sahara Desert in Northern Mali who use Djembe and Calabash along with western instruments such as electric guitar and bass.
Oumou Sangaré is a prominent, outspoken artist and from Mali who makes fusion music of traditional and contemporary (new) instruments and styles. She is also popular for her fight for women's rights in Africa.