Fartalen

This rhythm by Mamady Keita can be found in his excellent book Nankama. Some parts are different in the book to how we originally learned them from, so are marked N. Consider them as variations :)

110bpm 4/4  ||:1 & 2 &  | 3 & 4 & :||
                                 $
Djembe 1    || B.SB..SO | OOS.O..B ||   (how we learned it)
Djembe 1 N  || B.SB..OO | OOS.O..B ||   (in Nankama book)
               r rl  rl   rlr r  l
                                 $
Djembe 2    || B...OOOO | O...Z..B ||
               r   rlrl   r   r  l
Djembe 3    || S..SS.OO | S..SS.OO ||   ('Rythme populaire')
               r  lr rl

Bell 1      || x.xx.xx. | x.xx.xx. ||
+Kenkeni    || ..KK..k. | ..KK..k. ||
                                                    $
Bell 2      || xx.x.x.x | x.x.x.x. | x.x.x.x. | x.x.x.x. ||
+Sangban    || .G...... | G...G.G. | ....g.g. | g...G.G. ||
+Sangban N  || .G...... | G...G.G. | g...g... | g...G.G. ||

Bell 3      || xx.x.x.x | x.x.x.x. | x.x.x.x. | x.x.x.x. ||
+Dununba    || D..D.D.D | ..D..... | ........ | ........ ||

Woodblock 1 || ..xx..x. | ..xx..x. ||

                   $
Woodblock 2 || x...x.x. | x...x.x. ||


Djembe 1 should be played on drums with higher-pitched open tones.
Djembe 2 should be played on drums with lower-pitched open tones,
and is the easiest one for Beginners to learn first (+Woodblock 2).
Woodblock 1 is the same as the Kenkeni. Bells 2 and 3 are identical.

To begin, we start with Djembe 2 and Dununba, then
after four Dununba repeats we add Sangban, and then
after four Sangban repeats we add Kenkeni, and then
soon afterwards go to the Break, where Djembes copy the Dun Duns:

Break:

Count       ||:1 & 2 &  | 3 & 4 &  | 1 & 2 &  | 3 & 4 & :||
Djembe call || OSSOSSOS | SOSSOSS. | S3SS.O3O | O.S3OSS. || +
Djembe resp || BS.B.B.B | S.B.s.s. | ........ | ........ ||
               rl r r r   l r f f
Bell 1      || x.xx.xx. | x.xx.xx. | x.xx.xx. | x.xx.xx. ||
+Kenkeni    || ..KK..k. | ..KK..k. | ..KK..k. | ..KK..k. ||
Bell 2      || xx.x.x.x | x.x.x.x. | ........ | ....x.x. ||
+Sangban    || .G...... | G...G.G. | ........ | ....G.G. ||
Bell 3      || xx.x.x.x | x.x.x.x. | ........ | ........ ||
+Dununba    || D..D.D.D | ..D..... | ........ | ........ ||
                                *
Then either return to Main Rhythm, or end (*here) after the final
Echauffement.


Song

This rhythm accompanies the song called "Deni Kinantan":

  Toroninbe kinantan toroninbe   ("A child without parents suffers")

Count       ||:1 & 2 &  | 3 & 4 &  | 1 & 2 &  | 3 & 4 & :||
Tune   GGG. || G--ee-c- | AAA-A--- | -------- | ....GGG. ||
       Toroninbe kinantan toroninbe
Bell 3      || xx.x.x.x | x.x.x.x. | ........ | ........ ||
+Dununba    || D..D.D.D | ..D..... | ........ | ........ ||

The above chorus is chanted by everyone, answering a call from the leader
(lyrics unintelligible). On Mamady's CD, the chorus sometimes starts on
the second bar for the first few times; only on the final repeat before
the Break/end does it start in the first bar, as written above, after an
extra-long line sung by the leader to resolve the extra bar. So the song
tends to turn your head upside down in relation to the dununba part.
A simpler arrangement for non-native speakers would just be to
repeat the phrase as notated above in a call and response.


Key to notation

(c) New African drum rhythm composed (in neo-traditional Guinean style) in 2007 by Mamady Keita (featured on his album Mandeng Djara), taught by Justine at Vitae Drum Circle.
(notated by Malcolm Smith on 2008-09-30, Song, Woodblocks and Djembe call added on 2008-11-01 from Mamady's CD, and Nankama book versions of 1+G added on 2015-07-28)