Djolé / Jolé / Yolé - Paul Nas
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Djolé / Jolé / Yolé

Last updated 30 April 2019

Djolé (Jolé, Yolé), is a mask-dance from the Temine-people from Sierra Leone. Normally played on square drums in different sizes; the sicco´s (or sico´s). The mask is presenting a female although it is carried by a male during the dance. The song below from the Wassolon-CD is made by Mamady Keita himself and is a putting together some different Malinke- and Susu-sounds. The meaning of this song, that is often sang with Djolé: The players got together to celebrate. Mami is going to join them for the Siko drum festival. Let us play on the Siko drums. Let us start the Siko festival. (Mami could here be standing for ‘mother’ but could also refer to Mamady Keïta himself).

Laila i ko korobé, korobé, korobé, mami watoné, aya, sico leleleko aya
sico la i ko, sico la i ko, wa wango sico la i ko, wa wango sico la i ko

Sources
Lessons from Martin Bernhard and Ousmane ‘Oké’ Seye,
Written material from Mamady Keïta. Åge Delbanco, Serge Blanc, Ponda O’Bryan, Stefan Rigert, Paul Janse and Rafael Kronberger.