Donaba

Donaba, the Malinke word for "Great (female) Dancer" is a very ancient Dunumba-rhythm . The song is from more recent date (about 1950), it is in honour of a great dancer living those days in the village were Famoudou Konaté was born. Her name was Mariama Gbe and she invented sometimes new dances and had "Donaba" as a nickname.

E donaba o, e donaba o, e deni dana baradon kourala bo e
He, Donaba, come out with a new dance for us!

Sources:
Lessons from Martin Bernhard
Written material from Åge Delbanco and Mamady Keïta.

WAP-pages / Paul Nas / Last updated on 8-8-2000



Call
. . . . . . . . . . . . S S T S S S . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . r l r l r l . . . . . .
S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O . .
D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O O . O

Kenkeni
. . 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

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

Doundoun
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

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 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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