Wula Playalong Series Vol. 3 - Guinea Fare (Wula Online)
The nature of this project is to enable the student to develop their solo technique by learning isolated phrases played by each featured artist. Login to your Wula Account to stream or download all your Wula media any time.
The nature of this project is to enable the student to develop their solo technique by learning isolated phrases played by each featured artist. We've chosen versions of each rhythm that are practical for the playalong experience. Some rhythms have parts like the bass djembe (Part 3) included - this may be considered a ‘Ballet’ or ‘Dance Class' version and may not be part of the traditional ensemble. Be sure to listen to the background introduction for each rhythm to understand where it's coming from.
Guinea means woman, fare means dance, so Guinea Fare is the "woman's dance". Guinea Fare comes from the Susu ethnic group. There are different groups of Susu in Guinea, in the city and the villages. The traditional instrumentation is: one djembe, three balafon, and sometimes two or three bote. The bote is the Susu version of the dundun - you hold the bell in your hand while you play the small drum down below. Traditionally the bote or balafon is the leader - they play the variations and they play for the dancer.