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Benin - CDs

BÉNIN: RYTHMES ET CHANTS
POUR LES VODUN

Rhythms and songs for the Vodun.
Recordings of vodou ceremonies!
Released by VDE-Gallo (originally on Ocora).

$20


Burkina Faso - DVDs

DRUMS & DJEMBES OF BURKINA FASO
Documentary of various styles of drumming found in Burkina Faso. We see examples of religious, agricultural, initiation and recreational forms.
Released by Playasound.

$20


Ghana - CDs
DURBAR PROCESSION IN CAPE COAST
A parade and celebration of the Chiefs and Queen Mothers in the streets of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Released by earthcds.

$16



BEIGU NEEYO – Remembering the Chiefs
An oral history ceremony of the Dagomba people in Ghana.

Released by earthcds.

$16



Drumming for Dagomba Chiefs
Historic recording of Dagomba drumming from Ghana on 2 CDs. Insert includes transcriptions of all rhythms, key proverbs with translations, extensive notes & photos.
Released by earthcds partners.

$23



MASTER DRUMMERS OF DAGBON - VOL. 1
John Miller Chernoff's recordings of talking drums in the heart of the Dagomba region, Tamale, Ghana.
Released by Rounder.

$16



MASTER DRUMMERS OF DAGBON - VOL. 2
Second volume of field recordings by John Miller Chernoff in the Dagbon region of Ghana, one CD just isn't enough!
Released by Rounder.

$16



MASTER FIDDLERS OF DAGBON
Hypnotic and energetic fiddling from Tamale, Ghana. Recorded by ethno-musicologist John Chernoff
Released by Rounder.

$16



GHANA: CHANGING TRADITIONS
Ensembles from Cape Coast, Ghana. Traditional xylophones (gyil), bamboo instruments and an amazing horn ensemble.
Released by VDE-Gallo.

$20


Guinea - CDs

BOLOKADA CONDE - Djiraworo
Original arrangements of traditional djembe rhythms from Guinea with an all all star cast of musicians. Djembe, dunun drums, balafon, village & griot singers are a combo that is sure to please. Fans of Bolokada have been waiting for this for years!

$17




BOLOKADA CONDE - Famille Dundunba
World famous djembefola Bolokada Conde along with an all star ensemble bring us over an hour of pure dundunba recorded in one take to simulate an authentic dundunba event but with the audio quality of a studio recording.

$17




BOLOKADA CONDE - Morowaya
Bolokada 2nd CD, recorded in his village Morowaya joined by local singers & calabash players. Nonstop shredding coupled with arrangements & cantors of Morowaya girls. A must have for any djembe collection.

$17




MAGBANA
High energy drumming from the Magbana Drum and Dance company in NYC led by artistic director Michael Markus.
Released by Magbana.

$15


Guinea - DVDs

BOLOKADA CONDE - M'BARA
Djembe & Dundun Instructional DVD
Great DVD from a true master. Easy to follow & quick to the point. Bolokada Conde is a master drummer from Guinea. In this DVD, he breaks down six rhythms, part by part, plays original solo phrases & performs the rhythm with his ensemble.

$39




LANDOUMA FARE
Fantastic dancing, drumming, and music documented in Youssouf Koumbassa's return to his homeland to learn about traditional Landouma dance.
Released by B-rave STUDIO.

$30


Mali - CDs
MALI DRUMS: OLD MASTERS
Traditional, "old school" Bambara-based djembe arrangements put together by master drummer Aruna Sidibe. Recorded just outside of Bamako in Mali!
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MALI DRUMS: YOUNG GUNS
'New school', Bambara-based djembe music played by the younger generation. Arrangements by young master drummer Siaka Doumbia.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



BOBO MUSIC OF MALI
Traditional 'Bobo' music recorded in Mali by Michael Pluznick. Two groups playing gourd drums and balaphones that sound amazing!
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MUSIC OF MALI: DIDADEE
Didadi is from the Bougouni circle in Mali's Sikasso region. It is played for end-of-the-year holidays or various celebrations and festivals.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



BUSH TAXI MALI
An aural tour through the heart of Mali. Field recordings made  while traveling throughout the West African country.
Released by Sublime Frequencies.

$16



MALI: BAMBARA MUSIC OF BANINKO
Diverse selection of village music recorded by a team of specialists, booklet contains descriptions of all tracks. A must have CD!
Released by VDE-Gallo.

$20


Mali - Instructional
ANKE DJÉ ANKE BÉ
136 page educational book features over 70 pages of musical notation and over 2 hours of djembe and dounou music on 2 audio CDs.
Released by 3iDESIGN.

$45


Nigeria - CDs
DRUMS OF THE YORUBA OF NIGERIA
Early recording of Igbin, Dundun and Bata drums including actual rituals. Very rare CD, not sold in stores!
Released by Folkways.

$18



YORUBA BATA DRUMS
Excellent document of ceremonial bata drumming and song in it's original location. Very rare CD, not sold in stores!
Released by Folkways.

$18


Nigeria - DVDs
THE ART OF TRADITIONAL EGUNGUN MUSIC
AND DANCE OF IBADAN, NIGERIA
Demonstrations of Egungun music and dance recorded in Nigeria by Jose Francisco Barroso. Rare footage of Nigerian bata drumming with mask dances of the Yoruba.
Released by Obakoso.

$20


Senegal - CDs
LIVE SOGONI – Djembe Festival 2001
Live/raw field recording of a traditional Hunter's festival put on in Tambacounda, Senegal in 2001.
Released by Rootsy Records.

$16



Tambacounda Dunun ni Don:
Drum and Dance of Tambacounda
If you want an authentic source for learning traditional djembe from the grandmasters look no further! The singing is beautiful.
Released by Rootsy Records.

$22



RHYTHMS OF THE DJEMBE - Volume 2
Rhythms that are rarely played today even in West Africa. Some of the best recordings from Abdouli Diakite's drum classes.
Released by Rootsy Records.

$16



MANDEN FOLI with Abdoulaye Diakite
Traditional djembe drumming Recorded in Senegal in 2005, powerful and emotive old djembe sound everyone is looking for!
Released by Rootsy Records.

$16


Sierra Leone - CDs
MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE, VOLUME 1
Temne of Banda Wharf
Recorded live in the coastal area known as Lungi. 12-page booklet includes color photographs, song translations, background information and an interview transcript.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE, VOLUME 2
Temne of Suctarr
Lyrical themes reflecting on the life experiences and living conditions including an acute awareness of the poverty but also the importance of family and faith in God.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE, VOLUME 3
Sorie Kondi
Blind musical genius and a cultural treasure, an innovator who taught himself how to play a little-known traditional instrument (the kondi) at the age of 15.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE, VOLUME 4
Dances of the Secret Societies
Music of the secret female society called Bundu, the most influential and prolific of the societies. Ceremonial songs and festive songs, but all the music is made for dancing.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE, VOLUME 5
Susu of Lungi
Stellar Susu singers, balangi players and percussionists play music with roots in Guinea on the balangi, a xylophone with gourds mounted underneath the keys.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE, VOLUME 6
Mende of Moyamba
The Salina Cultural Dance Troupe formed at a refugee camp during the civil war. They sing in Mende and play with exciting rhythmic variations & irresistible grooves.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE, VOLUME 7
Folk Songs of Sherbro Island
Sheriff sings in Mende, Krio, and Sherbro, while strumming his konigai and beating a large box with his heel. Fai adds rhythmic fervor with the kowi drum and a tin pan.
Released by earthcds partners.

$17



MUSIC OF SIERRA LEONE, Anthology
Collection of songs from the first seven volumes. A perfect introduction giving you one or two samples of each volume and some extras that you won't find anywhere else.
Released by earthcds partners.

$16



Sorie Kondi: Without Money, No Family
Studio recording of blind musician Sorie Kondi in Tintafor, Sierra Leone. Proposed by Pa Sorie himself, an album that stands to become an all-time favorite.
Released by earthcds partners.

$16


Djembe - Instructional DVD


HOW TO PLAY DJEMBE, VOLUME 1
Michael offers comprehensive instruction with traditional dununs and ballet style as well as extensive djembe solo technique and hand patterns, playing techniques and practice exercises for beginning to advanced players.
Released by Earthcds Partners

Released by earthcds partners.

$28




BOLOKADA CONDE - M'BARA
Djembe & Dundun Instructional DVD
Great DVD from a true master. Easy to follow & quick to the point. Bolokada Conde is a master drummer from Guinea. In this DVD, he breaks down six rhythms, part by part, plays original solo phrases & performs the rhythm with his ensemble.

$39



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