KUKU (KouKou) West African Rhythm of the Fishermen

From djembefola.com

 

The Beyloa region is not part of the Mandeng, but was settled by the Malinke several centuries ago. The 2 languages are close enough to each other today to be understood by each group. This rhythm was originally reserved for woman who danced when work had ended.

 

Kuku is a very popular rhythm today and is played at every celebration, most notably the full moon.

 

Originally didn't have any dunduns and was played only on hand drums, so the dunduns that are played with this rhythm today are largely improvised.

 

Source: Mamady Keita

 

From tontinka.net

 

Today, Kuku is a popular rhythm played at all kinds of festivals, including full moon celebrations. Kuku is a women's dance performed in a circle. Originally, Kuku was played when the women came back from fishing. They would take their fishing tools and dance. The rhythm was only played on djembes, and one of the three was low-tuned instead of using dunun.

 

Song

 

Oh iya! I te kuku fo n'nye.

Oh iya! I te kuku fo n'nye.

(Oh yeah! Play Kuku for me! )

 

From Rhythms and Songs from Guinea by Famoudou Konate

History and origions

Basic Recording 

KUKU videos

Some of my favorite KUKU youtube videos.. there are so many, but ive chosen the video's that represent different aspects of playing djembe.

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