Transferred from an older blog: Original post date by Alpha (Administrator) on 03/27/20
Like any other music, traditional Mandingue music is played on one, or multiple musical instruments. They are string instruments, drums, other percussive instruments, including but not limited to: Bala(percussion/2mallets), Kora(string/hand), Doundouns(drum/stick), Djembe(drum/hand), Bolon(string &percussion/hand), Krin(percussion/2sticks), Bells (percussion/sticker), and Shakers, to name only the most famous…
You have many typical combinations of these instruments being played in a mandingue orchestra; Some of the most common being:
[Multiple Bala], [Solo Kora], [multiple Kora], [Kora, Bala], [Doundouns, Bells and Djembes], [Bala, Doundoun, Bells and Djembes], [multiple Krins], and many more typical combinations..
Among these many combinations (not all typical combinations being listed above), there is one that is very special: it is the “Doundouns, Bells, Djembe” combination.
It is very special because with the exception of the light melody of the bells, it is a combination of only drums, at least 5 or 6 different ones! This definitely makes it much harder to play than playing multiple instruments with a completely distinct sound (lik