Fanga

Fanga is rhythm, from Liberia that has been thought by Babatunde Olatunji, a West African Percussion teacher who, with his lessons and personality, inspired many Djembe players in the United States. The transcriptions are from various email exchanges throught the Djembe-L mailinglist. Fanga was used by traveling tribes upon entering new villages. When a visiting tribe was approaching a village they would sing Fanga-Alafiya to indicate that they come in peace If the villagers welcome them, they reply: Ashe-Ashe. Then, the travelers and villagers reverse the lines. The fanga song was often the common denominator between tribes that otherwise spoke different languages. Music is a true universal language.The song he used to sing to accompanie the rhythm is in the Yoruba language. The song is a fun chant that captures the essence of peace, friendship conviviality and hospitality. In singing the fanga there needs to be a Caller and a Responder. The lyrics are simple but fun. (Ashe = so be it)

Fanga Alafayia, ashé ashé (4x) Ashé, Ashé, ashé, ashé.
Asé, Asé, Asé, Asé
Ikabo A Lafiya Ashé Ashé (4x) Ashé, Ashé, ashé, ashé.
Asé, Asé, Asé, Asé
Eluga A Lafiya Ashé, Ashé, ashé, ashé.
Asé, Asé, Asé, Asé

Sources:
Various mail exchanges through the Djembe-L mailinglist. Artdrum for the cultural context.

WAP-pages / Paul Nas / Last updated on 30-04-2004



Break; 3x
S S . S S . T T S S . . . . . .
r l . l r . r l r l . . . . . .

1x
S S . S S . T T B B . . S S . .
r l . l r . r l r l . . r l . .

Sangban (with two possible bell patterns)
O . . . c . . . C . C . c . . .
x x . . x x . . x x . . x x . .
x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .

Djembé 1
B . b B . B T T B . . b B . T T
r . r l . l r l r . . l r . r l

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

Djembé 3
. . S S . . S S . . S S t t S S
. . r l . . r l . . r l r l r l

Djembé 4
B . . T . T T . B . B . T T . .
r . . l . l r . r . r . r l . .

Djembé 5
B . T T B . . B . B T T B . B .
r . r l r . . l . l r l r . r .

Djembé 6
B . T T . . B . B T T B . . B .
r . r l . . r . r l r l . . r .

Djembé 7
S S . . S S . . S S . . S S . .
r l . . r l . . r l . . r l . .


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