Gidamba / Somba Koro

Gidamba (Gidanba, Dyidanba, Kidamba) is a Malinke dance for women. It comes from the Hamana area in Guinea and is played on many occasions. It is an individually danced dance. The solo dancer jumps into a circle of people and dances a short solo. Gidamba is one of the few Malinke rhythms in which the Sangban drum never varies. There are many songs for the Gidamba rhythm. In Famoudou Konate's book "Rhythms and Songs from Guinea" there is an example of Dyidanba, with the Somba Koro song.

Ayo, nje wara Suarela, eee
He you, Suarela, you are going away!

E-yo, nagadimba yo nou gere makou saye
You have never seen anything so beaytifull in the world!

Nakuma in bara na, möö na li i na di, i na bara kè
- Dyulu ta la di möö na i na di
Nakuma in bara na, möö na li i na di, i na bara kè
- Somba körö di, möö na li i na di
Nakuma in bara na, möö na li i na di, i na bara kè
- Dyalon ba körö di, möö na li i na di
Nakuma in bara na, möö na li i na di, i na bara kè
- Möö na li i na di, Nankuma i na bara na

Nankuma, your mother is here
The mother of a human will always b a mother!
Also if she has to many debts (has become a thief or has become a prostitute)
The mother of a human is still a mother!

Sources:
Lessons from Martin Bernhard, Jaco Benders and Ponda O'Bryan. Dancinglessons from Mamadou "Delmundo" Keïta,
Books Famoudou Konaté, Åge Delbanco, Mamady Keïta, Ponda O'Bryan and Paul Janse.

WAP-pages / Paul Nas / Last updated on 28 december 2012


Call
T T T T T . T T . T . .
f r l r l . r l . r . .
D . . . . . . . . . . . O

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

Sangban (Famoudou Kanaté)
O . . C . . O . . C . . O . . C . . O . . C . .
x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x .

Sangban (Mamady Keita)
C . . O . . C . . O . . C . . O . . C . . O . .
x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x .

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

O . O . O O . O . O . O O . O . . . . . . . . O
x . x . x x . x . x . x x . x . x . x x . x . x

In Baro (Guinea) one plays a slightly different way the Gidamba (amongst them is Mansa Camio) the Sangban plays the characteristic pattern; a variation on the "normal" kenkeni. The Kenkeni plays the beat.
Sangban (Baro)
O . C . C . o O . O . O O . C . C . o O . O . O
x . x . x . x x . x . x x x x . x . x x . x . x

Kenkeni (Baro)
O . . C . . O . . C . . O . . C . . O . . C . .
x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x x . x

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

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

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

Djembé solo accompagnement 2
S S S . T T S S S B T T S S S . T T S S S B T T
r l r . r l r l r l r l r l r . r l r l r l r l

Doundoun echauffement 1
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

Doundoun echauffement 2
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

Doundoun echauffement 3
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 .

Djembé solo phrase 1
S . . . T T S T T S T T S . . . S S S S . T S S
r . . . r l r l r l r l r . . . r l r l . l r l

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

Djembé solo phrase 2
S . . . S S T S S B S S T S S . S S T S S B S S
r . . . r l r l r l r l r l r . r l r l l l r l

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

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

Djembé solo phrase 4
. . . . S . S S . S . . . . . . S . S S . S . .
. . . . f . r l . l . . . . . . f . r l . l . .

Djembé solo phrase 5
. . . S S S T T . . . . . . . S S S T T . S T T
. . . f r l r l . . . . . . . f r l r l . l r l

T T . S S S T T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
r l . f r l r l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Djembé solo phrase 6
B S S . S S . S . T T . S . . . T T S T T S . .
r l r . r l . l . l r . r . . . r l r l r l . .

Djembé solo phrase 7
. . S S T T . . S S T T . . S S T T . . S S T T
. . r l r l . . r l r l . . r l r l . . r l r l


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