A nice virtual museum featuring pictures and recordings of Malian traditional instruments: www.virtualmuseum.ca.
Reccomended reading and popular posts
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Judging from the index, the first issue seems like a rough guide to the djembe. It introduces the old and the young djembefolas, writes about history and culture of the Mandinka empire, and there is also a section dedicated to the notations of the rhythms (in this issue the Soli). Finally, what was actually needed in this market, it lists the upcomming events and new albums, videos, etc.
Friday, January 29, 2010
I always liked Abdoulaye Diabate's balafon playing, but now he is really becoming awesome. He impresses me every time I see a video of him. That musicality... Unbeatable. An older video was mentioned in this post, but check out these new ones.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I learned from the accompaniments of rhythms like Madan and Djansa that sometimes you have to reverse the hand order if you want to play at a very high speed AND preserve the swing.
The most typical example is for the 4/4 accompaniment. Notation + handorder:
|S ||. ||. ||S ||S ||. ||T ||T ||S ||. ||. ||S ||S ||. ||T ||T|
|r ||. ||. ||r ||l ||. ||r ||l ||r ||. ||. ||r ||l ||. ||r ||l |
Friday, January 22, 2010
Michael Pluznick keeps adding lots of quality material to the West African drumming community. Here goes the newest video of the Didadi, a very popular rhythm in Mali.
And some older ones with the same piece: