Kuku Cassé

As a young boy Arafan Touréé made music with his friends on tin cans and wooden cases, in the streets of Conakry. His father however decided that he should be a car-mechanic. So, at the age of eightteen, he was repairing a car when a delegation from the Ministry of Culture came to summon him to Les Ballets Africains. His fame as Djembe soloist was already well-established from Conakry to Abidjan, and now he was to become the 'musical motor' of the Ballets

From 1959 to 1985 he was their main soloist, composer and musical arranger, as well as selector and trainer of new talent. Beside the Djembe Arafan played Dundunba, Krin, Kalebas and Siko. Because of his unending talent to create new melodies and compositions he became known as the 'doctor of rhythm'. In 1986 he established himself in the Netherlands where he played with FATALA (with Peter Gabriel) and 'AFRICA SOLI'. Arafan Touréé gave workshops in several cities in the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Ireland and Argentina. Arafan suddenly passed away on sunday the 18th of may in his home in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Sources:
Kuku Cassé is one of the rhythms that Arafan Touréé presented in his workshops.

WAP-pages / Paul Nas / Last updated on 6-6-2003



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

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

Combination for duns

S . O . . . . . . O . O . . . O O
D . . . O O . O . . . . . . . . .
. x . x x . x . x . x . x . x x

or, if you prefer to split the dundun-section

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

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

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

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

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

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

Djembé 1 variation
3 x B . S B . S . S B . S . T T T .
r . r l . l . l r . r . r l r .

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

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

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


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