Yiriba - Jeriba - Djoula - Balafonrhythms - Paul Nas
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Pentatonic Balafon

Yiriba / Jeriba

Last edited on 18 March 2020
Yiriba completely renewed after lessons from Youssouf Keita in January 2020!

Y / J Yiriba (Jeriba, Jiriba) is a popular Djoula rhythm from West Africa; including Burkina Faso and Mali. “Yiri” means tree and “Ba” big, in Dioula.
“A tribute to the older one”. When a person dies in a village, the community loses a support pillar, just as a tree dies or a branch breaks off, the bird has no place to sit ”. The song is known for the performance of the Malian singer Fantanie Touré, the wife of a famous comedian Gièmba Dembèlè.

Yiriba, Yiriba eh, Yiriba be gni coro man di
dou gou ma co ro ba, de le Yiriba, Yiriba be gni co ro man di

Hakiri adds:
Wa wa me co ra, wa ba co barika,
alla ke te me nebi bo ra, wa ba co barika
(greeting of the elderly)

Makan sang:
Jiriba jee ee Jiriba jee, ee djiribi do ma di ja
dougou ma koroba dee, Jiriba jee, ee Jiriba jee do ma di ja
and
no go mi ma ra djougolo ba miniri kibidi sigidi ee – ee sigidi kobala
djougo digi djagara ba miniri kibidi sigidi eee – ee sigidi kobala
ma ma ra djougolo ba miniri kibidi sigidi eee – ee sigidi kobala
djougo digi djagara ba miniri kibidi sigidi eee – ee sigidi kobala

no go mi ma ra djougolo ba miniri kibidi sigidi ee – ee sigidi kobala
djougo digi djagara ba miniri kibidi sigidi eee – ee sigidi kobala
ma ma ra djougolo ba miniri kibidi sigidi eee – ee sigidi kobala
djougo digi djagara ba miniri kibidi sigidi eee – ee sigidi kobala

Here is a fragment of the song learned by Makan during the dance class during the Fankani 2004 workshop. The song is accompanied here with the rhythm Tansole from Mali.

'Makan' at Fankani 2004

Sources:

Lessons from Youssouf Keita, in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, January 2020, ‘La Voix du Balafon’ by Moussa Hema and Adrian Egger, Youtube video of Kanazoé (patterns C and D). Dance-workshop from Makan at Fankani in France.

update history
  • 18 march 2020: Total makeover after lessons from Youssouf Keita
  • 4 September 2019 Patterns building up in difficulty
  • December 2017: New!
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