Category Archives: Djembe

Issue 30: A simple version of Kuku for Djembes

This is a simplified 3-part djembe pattern based on “Kuku”, which I learned from a colleague. It uses just tone and bass sounds. Part 1 makes a good accompaniment to the song “Funmje Alafia“. Part 1 (over 16 beats) beats 1 … Continue reading

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Issue 28: The Game of Four – Warm up and Compostition

This has proved to be a useful warm up for any session involving keeping a steady pulse, and learning to internalise the pulse. As a preparation, do the “counting to eight game” first, to establish a pulse. Now, explain that you … Continue reading

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Issue 14: 101 things to do with “Rain on the Green Grass”

There’s a nice little 3-note round on the www.singup.org website; Rain on the green grass          Rain on the tree          Rain on the house tops          But not on me. If you want to see the notation, have a look at the website. … Continue reading

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Issue 12: The “galloping djembe rhythm”, and learning skills

I taught the galloping djembe rhythm, set out in the last issue, to a year 5 and 6 group who were already familiar with the straight 4/4 version. It was a great success; and I think that it will work … Continue reading

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Issue 11: A Djembe Rhythm in Compound Time

This is a set of galloping rhythms that I have developed from a set four-four rhythms that I learned from a Wider Opportunities Djembe Teacher that I have worked with. I doubt that my version has any real ethnic authenticity, … Continue reading

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