Tuesday, November 15, 2011

African Female Drummers (Senegal, Rwanda, Guinea, & Kenya)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is the third post of an ongoing pancocojams series on female drummers. This post showcases videos of female drummers from West Africa, and from the United States of America. [update June 14, 2017 with video of a Kenyan female drum group]

Click for the first post in this series.

Click for the second post in this series.

This post is presented for folkloric, cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

Example #1: Doudou N'Diaye Rose - Rose Rhythm (Sénégal Musique / Senegal Music)

Doudou Ndiaye Rose, Published on Sep 1, 2016

This summary is from a YouTube video of this clip which is no longer available:
"In honor of the best contemporary African drummer. Taken from a French TV documentary. Shot at the Senegalese Island of Goree. Enjoy and share. Make sure you buy his scarce material.A CD with the name Djabote, which is still in my top 10 all time.

Just watch these people route the earths energy into the drums. The sheer joy of primordial calling."
"Doudou N'Diaye Rose (28 July 1930), born Mamadou N'Diaye in Dakar, is Senegalese drummer composer and band leader, and is the recognized modern master of Senegal's traditional drum, the sabar. He is—literally—the father of a musical dynasty which includes some of the most successful traditional musicians of contemporary West Africa...

N'Diaye Rose is one of the most renowned African musicians of the 20th century. While he specializes in the sabar, he also plays many other types of drum such as saourouba, assicot, bougarabou, meung meung, lamb, n'der, gorom babass, and khine.">

Example #2: Female African Dancers Drum and Solo w/ djembe master Bolokada

Uploaded by michaelpluznick on Mar 19, 2009
"Moussa Bolokada Conde is a master drummer, expert of Malinke rhythms, and one of the world's best djembe players. He joined the Les Percussion du Guinee to replace the legendary Momoudy Keita as their lead drummer. He has traveled and performed in major venues all over the world since 1996 and was featured in the IMAX movie PULSE: a Stomp Odyssey. Since 2004, he has been performing and teaching in the United States."

Example #3: Female Drummers from Rwanda

Published on Aug 2, 2012

Dondadaworldwide, Group of female drummers performing at Kigali Up festival 2012 in Kigali, Rwanda

Example #4: Nimbaya! Women Drummers of Guinea: Boston 2012

Alan Tauber,·Uploaded on Feb 19, 2012

A daring response to the taboo of women playing the djembe in West Africa, Nimbaya! is the first all-women's percussion and dance troupe from Guinea. The group, formerly known as Amazones Women Master Drummers of Guinea, was created in 1998 by Mamoudou Condé of Les Ballets Africains fame. Presenting spectacular performances, Nimbaya! "plays with a fury, pounding out heart-racing rhythms and dancing into near frenzies."—The Boston Globe.

[Added June 24, 2017]
Example #5: young warriors woman african drummers

abbas barsella Published on Jul 8, 2016

young warriors woman drummers from Kenya

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  1. Hello Miss Powell, I am trying to write a paper on African Women drummers and I can across your blog. I was wondering if you know of other sources I could go to to get more information. The paper is on a class on restoring women to African History.
    Your help would be sincerely appreciated.

  2. Greetings M-Ann.

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I know nothing else about the subject of African female drummers besides the information/videos that are included in other pancocojams posts.

    My only suggestion would be to continue to use search engines to find information on this important subject.

    I wish you much success with your paper!