Bolonba

The Bolonba (Bolomba) is not a traditional rhythm coming from one of the 'tribes' and used for some special occasion/rite. It is based on a rhythm played on the instrument M'bolon or Bolon. The M'bolon is an instrument made of a calabas, with a stick mounted on it and holding 3 strings (sometimes 4). You may think of it as the bass in the range of the traditional string instruments. It is usually used as a bass accompany in melodic pieces. The "National Ensemble Instrumental" of Guinea uses it in many pieces. Arafan Touré, has transferred this to the rhythm on drums. He has been teaching diferent variations in time.

Sources:
Lessons from Arafan Touré


WAP-pages / Paul Nas / Last updated on 23-05-2012



Call
T . T T . T . T T . T . T . . .
f . r l . l . l r . r . r . . .
1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B

Kenkeni, Sangban and Doundoun; combination 1
K . . . . . . O O . . . . . . . .
S . . O O . . . . . . . . . . . .
D O . . . . . . . . . O O . O O .
x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .

Kenkeni, Sangban and Doundoun; combinatian 2 (play "o" every other time)
K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
S . . . . . . O . . . . . . . O .
D . . o . o . . . O . O O . . . .
x . x . x . x . x . x x . x x .

Djembé 1
T T B . B . B . T T . S S S . B
r l r . r . r . r l . l r l . l

Djembé 2
S . . S S . T T S . . S S . T T
r . . l r . r l r . . l r . r l

Djembé 3
S . T T S . B . S . . S S . B .
r . r l r . r . r . . l r . r .


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Thanks for taking notice of this interpretation of this rhythm but please consult some real authority's (like Famoudou Konaté and Mamady Keïta) or genuine TEACHERS for further study. Check also the other SITES WITH RHYTHM-NOTATIONS on West African Percussion on the Internet. And share your knowledge and ideas to these WAP-pages and to others.