Balan Sonde ROM on the WAP-pages
- Hello Lists!,
Balan Sondé is a Dununba-rhythm from the Malinke-people in Guinea: "Balan"
is a village near Kouroussa, "sondé" means thief. The inhabitants of the
village are called thiefs (teasing) in the song that goes with this rhythm.
Balan Sondé is an exception within the Dunumba-rhythm-family. It's played on
circumcision-festivitys where both men and women dance. While the men are
dancing dunumba-steps, the woman are dancing the söli-steps. An sound-sample
of the rhythm is in the Balan Sondé soundclub-educational soundfile (but
download the player before use).
UPDATES: On Marakadon, last months ROM I got some new information about the
origin of the rhythm. Djabara: also a little more background information.
This month I would like to ask your attention for a new site "Liewill's
Djembe Pages" that is made by Willie Camerman from Belgium. Part in English,
part in the Flemish language you can find this site interesting and easy to
navigate. For Dutch and Belgium visitors I would like to note that a
rhythm-book in the Dutch language is available.
WAP-pages for West African Percussion Notation