How is this possible?

As you probably already know, djembe rhythms are traditionally linked to sacred and secular social events in West Africa. For this reason they are generally presented by their name and classified from an ethnological standpoint according to their geographic and ethnic origin.

The DJEMBESOLO classification is based on rhythm structures which imply a set of musical rules which are specific to each category.  

SOKO and GIDAMBA rhythms both originate in Republic of Guinea. These rhythms are traditionally used for different purposes. SOKO is played for young boys during the few months that precede their circumcision. GIDAMBA is played during celebrations where only women dance.  

However they share the same START and STOP signals.

This is because of their structure, independent of their traditional uses and meanings.  The course explains the reason why these rhythms belong to the same category.

That is the focus of this course. How to start and stop rhythms depending on the structural category they belong to.  

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to START AND STOP

    • Welcome

  • 2


    • What is a START signal

    • What is a STOP signal

    • What is a DJEMBE RHYTHM

    • STRUCTURE of the Course

    • How to PRACTICE

  • 3


    • BINARY

    • TERNARY Type 1

    • TERNARY Type Dunumba

    • TERNARY Type 2

    • 6 BEAT Type 1

    • 6 BEAT type 2





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