Beyond the Doundoumba and Djembe Guinean orchestra modelby Alpha (Administrator) on 12/30/11
- Jeli music involves:
*Kora [string instrument]
*NGoni [string instrument]
It is always played towards a specific person or name. It is accompanied by praising through singing, and uses complex instruments with a sophisticated repertoire of pieces (rhythms). This type of music is almost never played outside of
- Blacksmith music involves:
*Bala (fon) ) – (Not always, but predominantly in the bass coast of
Blacksmiths have always been at the centre of the communities. They carve wood and Iron / metal tools used by the entire community, and they are the one who invented the Djembe drum. Blacksmith music is always played for specific occasions with a focus on dancers – That’s its primary purpose. Nowadays, a majority of Djembe/Doundoumba players are professional musicians, and no longer necessarily have tied to any Blacksmith family. In most Djembe group lessons set up in the Western world, the context of the class doesn’t always allow the instructor to include all the instruments, nor the dancing component, but Doundoumba and Djembe only, which are the instruments that sparked the highest interest.
The modern traditional orchestra has seen the unification of Blacksmith, Jeli, and other type of traditional music, mainly throughout performing groups like “Ballet Africans” , Percussion de Guinee”, and many other ballet ensemble throughout Guinea, in an effort to represent all type of music and associated culture from across Guinea to a listening audience. This contributed to the emergence of a new generation of professional musicians playing modern traditional Guinean music deeply inspired by traditional blacksmith and Jeli music.
Anyone learning to play the Djembe / Doundoumba, should seek more information about the other instrument and the different playing context, which will give them an understanding of the wider dimension of the music in
For more information about the musical instruments: Bala(fon), Kora, Ngoni, Djembe, Doundoumba, and many more musical instruments played throughout Guinea, please visit the “Musical instruments” page of our web site.
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