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Rhythms of Africa

find out more about the african rhythms we play


We play mostly rhythms from West Africa. Currently were performing with 4 or 5 rhythms we learnt at the workshops in Cupar; here's a bit of information about some of them.
Cupar Christmas Nov 2015

Cupar Christmas Light Switch-On 2015

Zuglu

This is a rhythm about peace and the loudest group wins ...

Pittenween gala (26Jun11)

performing at Pittenweem Gala 2011

Djole

Popular rhythm, traditional of the ethnical group Temine from the border region Guines/ Sierra Leone. Djole is a very well known rhythm that owes its popularity to some Mandenyis who brought it to Conacry. Nowadays it's played all over West Africa. In the beginning it was a mask dance representing a woman; the mask was worn by a man who dressed as a woman. Djole always was a great village festivity where several villages got together in order to celebrate the big harvest, the end of Ramadan, or a wedding. The original instrument for this dance was the siko: 4 square drums of different sizes that were played together. Today the rhythm is also played with djambe and bass drums.  There is a song for this rhythm and it goes like this- #Laila i ko korobé, korobe, korobe, mami watone *aya #sico leleko *aya #sico la i ko, sico la iko *wa wango sico la i ko, wa wango sico la i ko
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celebrating St Andrews' Day, St Andrews, 2008

Yansilla

This is the rhythm currently finishing our set. By then we're giving the audience all we've got! We'll tell you more about Yancilla soon.... There is a song for this rhythm and it goes like this - Nawa yan diba bah yamba Nawa yan diba bah yamba E yan silla le tillu nimba Pede kudu pe, pembe kudu pe Pede kudu pe, pembe kudu pe

performing at the Falkland Street Festival
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