Wula Playalong Series Vol. 7 - Makuru (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.
Makuru gets the party started! Makuru is a popular rhythm originally from the region which boarders Guinea and Sierra Leone. On the Guinea side, it is the Village of Forecoriah, which is of Susu descent.
Usually played in conjunction with Yankadi, Makuru is fast, and Yankadi is slow. The musicians can go back and forth between the music to change the feeling and tempo. To dance Makuru , males are on one side and females on the other. It is a “follow the leader” dance, where the leader holds a scarf and blows a whistle, giving signals of when to start and change.