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(Kuku, Koukou, etc)

Cultural Context

Sound Samples


R Clark (editor)
M Wall (editor)

ADR (wav)
Djembe Boom (wav)
NP Exchange (dbf)

ADR (practice cd)
Cross Reference

Djembe Boom
Larry Morris

NP Exchange


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R Clark , M Wall / Cross Reference , WAP , Djembe Boom , ADR

The notation for this rhythm may consist of parts, signals, breaks and solos.
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Djembe b-tt--s-b-tt--s- *
Djembe tt-stts-tt-stts-
Djembe b--s-bs-b-ttt-s-
Bass S--D--S-S-----S- *
Bell H--H--H-H-H-H-H- *
Signal F-tt-t-tt-t-t---

The above Kokou parts are played on the first practice CD of the African Drum Rhythms Practice CD set. Note the asterisk [*] mark above the lead-in note and by all lines involved. This is a fairly common combination of parts for Kokou in Swedish drum and dance classes, although there are many variations that will be listed below.
Lennart Hallström, Sweden <lennart.hallstrom@djembe.net>
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Djembe s-tt--s-s-tt--s- *
Djembe tt--tt--tt--tt--
Bass S--D--S-S---D-D->
> D--D--S-S-----S- *
Bell H-HH-HH-H-H-H-H- *

Here are a few variations of the previous parts (not necessarily meant to be played together): the first djembe part has a slap instead of a bass on the "1". Works better at high tempos! The same can be said about the second djembe part, in which all slaps have been omitted. The bass part is twice as long as the other parts and therefore notated on two lines, which is indicated by the arrow at the end of the broken line. Note that he lead-in for this part begins at the end of the lower line - just as the asterisk indicates. This bass part and the previous one can be used alternately during the same session for variation. The final bell part is very common for Kokou, although it is harder to play fast than the previous one.
Lennart Hallström, Sweden <lennart.hallstrom@djembe.net>
Visit my website at: www.djembe.net

(The above notation is the lastest entry!)

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