Foro-Bingé

Foro-Bingé (Founou Bingé) is a rhythm that is traditionally played by the blacksmiths of Northern Ivory Coast (especially the villages Korhoga, Mandially and Sinematjalli). There are two parts a 6/8-part and a 4/4-part. It's played quite slow.

Sourses:
Lessons from Baba Touré and Haruna Dembele

WAP-pages / Paul Nas / Last updated on 18-09-2014



Foro-Bingé 1

The first Foro-Bingé presented here was according to Baba Touré used to be played once a year during the annual blacksmith-festival. All the blacksmiths showed their best products of that year. At first there were no bass-drums involved, but instead a lot of iron bell's. And that's something you could expect with all these blacksmiths! (source Baba Touré)

Ternary part
Call
S S S . T . S . . . . .
2 r l . r . l . . . . .

Break 1 : Djembe and Douns (D)
S S . . S S . . S . S . S S . . S S . . . . . .
f f . . f f . . f . f . f f . . f f . . . . . .
D O O . . O O . . O . O . O O . . O O . . . . . .

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

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

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

The "ß" is a flam with a bass (B) and a tone (T), (that are played short behind each other). The bass is played a little before the beat, so actually the tone is on the beat.

Transition from part ternary to binary
S S . . S S . . S . S . S S . . S S . . .
f f . . f f . . f . f . f f . . f f . . .
O O . . O O . . O . O . O O . . O O . . .

The solist-player starts the intro of part II after the seventh count in the transition-pattern. Then the others know :"We're not going to repaet but change to the second part of the rhythm.

The solist-player starts the intro of part II after the seventh count in
the transition-pattern. Then the others know that no repeat is coming, but
change is made to the second part of the rhythm. The transition is the same as the break, but the break is not finished but instead the eighth count is used to introduce the change to part two.

Binary part
Call
T T S T T S T T S . . . S S S S
r l r l r l r l r . . . 2 r l r

S . . . . . . . S . . . . . . .
f . . . . . . . f . . . . . . .

S . . S . . S . S . . . . . . .
f . . f . . f . f . . . . . . .

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

Sangban
. . . . O . O . . . . . O . O .
x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .

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

Foro-Bingé 2
The second version of Foro Bingé / Founou Binge presented here is according to Haruna Dembele in his tribe the Bwaba (a subtribe to the Bobo) played at the very end of the seven years training to the blacksmith profession. After the last initiation the newly educated blacksmiths emerge from the sacret forest where the initiation took place. It is exiting for sometimes the children are wounded during this ritual. The mother are waiting to see if their child is coming from the forest. The slow part of Foro Bingé starts. The dound play and the djembe solist playes without other djembe accompanyment.
Ternary part
Call
T . T T . T T . T T . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
f . r l . r l . r l . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
K . . . . . . . . . . . . O O . . C . O O . . C .
S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O . . . . . .
D . . . . . . . . O O . O O . . . . . . . O O . O

Only one djembe pattern is played; the boys come out of the forest
Djembé 1
B . T T S . B . T T S . B . T T S . B . T T S .
r . r l r . r . r l r . r . r l r . r . r l r .

Short breaks are played and repeated
T . T T . B B . B B . . T . T T . B B . B B . .
f . r l . r l . r l . . f . r l . r l . r l . .
. . . . . O O . O O . . . . . . . O O . O O . .

T . T T . B B . B B . B S B S B S B S B S B S B S
f . r l . r l . r l . l r l r l r l r l r l r l f
. . . . O O . O O . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

When all the boys have appeared from the forest; the party starts with the fast part of Foro Bingé.
Binary part
Call
S . . . S . . B T T S T T S T T S . . . S S S .
f . . . f . . l r l r l r l r l r . . . 2 r l .

Combination Sangban / Doundoun
S . . . . . . . . . . O O . . O .
B O . . O . . O . O . . . . . . .
x . x x . x x . x . x x . x x .

Combination Sangban / Doundoun
K O O . . O O . . O O . . O O . .
x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .
S . . . C . . C . . . O O . . O .
x . x x . x x . x . x x . x x .
D O . . O . . O . O . . . . . . .
x . x x . x x . x . x x . x x .

Djembé (soft)
T T S T T T S . T T S T T T S B
r l r l r l r . r l r l r l r l

Djembé solo phrases
B s . . . . T T S . S S . . T T S . S S . . T T S . S S . . S .
l d . . . . 2 r l . l r . . 2 r l . l r . . 2 r l . r l . . r .

B s . . b . S . B . . B T T T T S T T S . . S . B . . . B . . .
l d . . l . r . l . . l r l r l r l r l . . r . l . . . l . . .

B . . . B . S . B . . B T T T T S T T S T S T T S T T S T S T T
l . . . l . r . l . . l r l r l r l r l r l r l r l r l r l r l

S T T S T S T T S . S . S . S . B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
r l r l r l r l r . r . r . r . r . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



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