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Kadan comes from the Mandinka tradition in Guinea, West Africa. Kadan is referred to as a "Dunumba" rhythm played for "Bilakoro" boys who dance wearing liana bracelets on their ankles that rattle as they move. "Bilakoro" are boys who are not yet considered men.

History and song lyrics

  • Kadan lyrics Kadan lyrics (PDF, 253 Kb)

    Info and vocalisation of a break and song sourced from grand master Famadou Konaté

  • Youtube link

    Hear the song by clicking here. Talk to your website administrator if you have problems accessing youtube


Video Tutorials

Youtube Links

Kadan - Famadou Konaté from "Malinké Rhythms and Song" album 1999

Practice videos