Fula Faré / Yoleli

Fula Faré (Foula Faré, Yoleli) is the dance of the Fula, the Peuhl. The name "Fula Fare" in Susu means "Fulani dance". The name the Fula use for this dance is "Yoleli".
"The Peuhl are a nomodic people living in an area streched from the north of Guinea to Niger. The cattle is walking free and has to be rounded up for the night. De shepards believe that by playing, singing, drumming Fula Fare the animals are easily assembled"(John Boeyen).
"Yoleli, it is a rythm played at the "dennaboo" (naming ceremony), which the Fula celebrate on the 7th day of a newborn's life. A big feast is held early in the day. After that a sheep or goat is sacrificed. An elder blesses the child and announces the name, to much cheering. Nowadays the rhythm is also played at weddings and other celebrations" (Drew Ravey).

Sources:
Written material: John Boeyen (from Oumar Dioubate), Rafaël Kronberger, Drew Ravey (from Mohamed Bangoura), R.J. Perz - Edwards (from Fode Camara and Mamady Sano)
Media: CD's "House of Roots" from Africa Sabu Njouma, "Drums of Mali" by Mamoudou Kante and "Koudoudou" by Troupe Saaba.

WAP-pages / Paul Nas / Last updated on 31-10-2006



Essential is the following pattern / combination of patterns that can be played on a single drum or a combination for two drums. Not always are bells played.

Basic pattern
O . . . c . . O . O . O O . . . c . . O . O . O
x . x . x . x x . x . x x . x . x . x x . x . x

Combination for two drums (Sangban/Doun Doun or Kenkeni/Sangban)
1 . . . . O . . . . . . . . . . . O . . . . . . .
2 O . . . . . . O . O . O O . . . . . . O . O . O
x . x . x . x x . x . x x . x . x . x x . x . x

With variation:
1 . . . . O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2 O . . . . . . O . O . O . O . O . O . O . O . O
x . x . x . x x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x

This basic combination can be supported with other patterns, for other drums or sjekere; for example:
Supporting pattern 1
O . . O . . O . . O . . O . . O . . O . . O . .
x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x

Supporting pattern 2
O . . . O . O . . . O . O . . . O . O . . . O .
x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x . x .

Supporting pattern 3
. O O . C . . O O . C . . O O . C . . O O . C .
. x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x

Supporting combination used in YAPPages
. . . . O . . . . . O . . . . . O . . . . . O .
. . O . . . . . O . . . . . O . . . . . O . . .
x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x

There are several nice Djembé patterns known to play with the bass drums:
Djembé 1

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

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

Djembé 3
S . S S T T S . S S T T S . S S T T S . S S T T
l . r l 2 r l . r l 2 r l . r l 2 r l . r l 2 r

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

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

Djembé patterns from the YAPPages:
Djembé 6
S B S S T . S B S S T . S B S S T . S B S S T .
r l r l r . r l r l r . r l r l r . r l r l r .

Djembé 7
B . S B T T B . S B T T B . S B T T B . S B T T
r . r l r l r . r l r l r . r l r l r . r l r l

Djembé 8
S . T S . . S . T S . . S . T S . . S . T S . .
r . r l . . r . r l . . r . r l . . r . r l . .

There are several calls that can be played:
Call 1
T T T T T . T T . T T .
f r l r l . l r . r l .

Call 2
T S S S . T T T T . . .
f r l r . r l r l . . .

Call 3
T . T T . T . T T . T .
f . r l . l . l r . r .

Call 4
T . T . t T . T . T . .
r . r . r l . l . l . .

Call 5
T S S T S S T S S S . . T . T . . T . T . B . .
r l r l r l r l r l . . r . r . . l . l . l . .


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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.