Yankadi is one of two rhythms "Yankadi Makru" that are played together as a courting rhythm, originating from the Susu people of Southwest Guinea, West Africa.
Master drummer Mamady Keita describes Yankadi in his book: Mamady Keita, "A Life for The Djembe";
The young people of neighbouring villages invite one another to Yankadi festivities. Mostly, the young people between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five dance, but the adults also like to be part of it! The dance begins slowly with the rhythm Yankadi; girls and boys face each other in two rows and slowly dance towards each other. One boy places a scarf on a girl as a symbol of love. Then, a whistle sounds, the signal for the change into the rhythm Makru, which is faster. The rows break up, and the couples dance individually.
Yankadi Djembe accompaniment 1 (PDF, 738 Kb)
Djembe accompaniment 1
Yankadi Djembe accompaniment 2 (PDF, 1 Mb)
Yankadi Djembe accompaniment 2
Yankadi Tailor lyrics song (PDF, 115 Kb)
Tailor Song phonetic lyrics
Rough demo of the Tailor Song
A ballet-style version of Yankadi Makru from the group "Dunyakelen"