Balan Sondé

Balan Sondé is a Dununba-rhythm from the Malinke-people in Guinea: "Balan" is a village near Kouroussa, "sondé" means thief. The inhabitants of the village are called thiefs in the song that goes with this rhythm (teasing). Balan Sondé is an exception within the Dunumba-rhythm-family. It's played on circumcision-festivitys where both men and women dance. While the men are dancing dunumba-steps, the woman are dancing the söli-steps.)

Sources:
Lessons: Mamadou 'Delmundo' Keïta
Written matarial: Famoudou Konaté


WAP-pages / Paul Nas / Last updated on 19-05-2012



Call
S S T S S S . . . . . .
r l r l r l . . . . . .
K . . . . . . . . O . O O
S . . . . . . . . C . . .
D . . . . . . . . . . O O

Kenkeni
. . O . O O . . O . O O . . O . O O . . O . O O
. x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x

Sangban
O . o O . . O . O . . . C . . . C . . . C . . .
x . x x . x x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .

Doundoun
. O . O . O . O O . O o . . . . . . . . . . O O
. x . x . x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x

Doundoun echauffement
. O O . O O . O O . O O . O O . O O . O O . O O
. x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x

Doundun ending the echauffement
. O . O . O . O O . O . . . . . . . . . . . O O
. x . x . x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x

On the Museum of Berlin CD from Famoudou Konate you can find some variations in the Sangban-pattern.
Two strokes (^) seem to be returning all the time. And there are two basic sangban-patterns.

Sangban basic 1
. . . . . . . . ^ . . . ^ . . . . . . . . . . .
O . . O . . O . O . . . C . . . . . . . . . . .
x . x x . x x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .

Sangban basic 2
. O . O . . . . O . . . C . . . . . . . O . . O
. x . x . x x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .

Sangban echauffement
O . o O . . O . O . . . C . . . C . . . C . . .
x . x x . x x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .

Sangban variation 1
. O . O . . . . O . . . C . . . . . . . . . . O
. x . x . x x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x x

Sangban variation 2
. . . . . . . . O . . . C . . . C . . . C . . O
. x . x . x x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x x

Sangban variation 3
O . O O . . O . O . . . C . . . . . . . . . . .
x . x x . x x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .


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