Sofa Salikenebo

This rhythm is played at festivals: Sofa Salikenebo means literally 'Sofa rhythm played at a morning festival' (sali=fete, kenebo=morning).

Intro/Outro: (played to begin and end, after a Signal)

120bpm 4/4  1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&- | 1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&-
Signal                       | s.OO.O.OO.SSS..S
Bell                         |                x
All Duns                     |                X     X = play the wooden drum shell

Bells | +
All Duns    DD.XDD.XD.D.D..X | DD.XDD.XD.D.D..X +   X = play the wooden drum shell
All Djembe  BB.SBB.SB.B.B..S | BB.SBB.SB.B.B..S +   Both bars are identical

Bells       xx.x.x.xx.x.x..x | xx.x.x.xx.x.x...
All Duns    DD.D.D.DD.D.X..X | DD.X.D.XD.X.D...     
All Djembe  BB.B.B.BB.B.S..S | BB.S.B.SB.S.B...     Both bars are different

Main Rhythms: (Swung in 6:8 feel)

120bpm 4/4  1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&-
Djembe 1    B.OO..S.B.OO..S.   ("Bicycle, ride Bicycle, ride")
Djembe 2    S..SS.OOS..SS.OO   Djembe 1 and 2 repeat, whereas
Djembe 3    S..OS.BBS.OOS.BB   Djembe 3 lasts the whole bar
            r  lr rlr rlr rl
All Bells   x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.
Kenkeni 1   ....KK......KK..
Kenkeni 2   ..K...K...K...K.
Sangban     g..g..G.G.G.....
Dununba     D...........DD.D

All dun dun bell parts are the same: straight quavers.

Variation:  1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&- | 1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&-
Bell 4      x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x. | x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.
+Dununba    D...........DD.D | .D.D.D.DD...DD.D

Variation 2:                        -
Bell 4      x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x. | x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.
+Dununba    D...........DD.D | .D.D...DD...DD.D

Variation 3:         +         Difficult offbeat between Sangban beats!
Bell 4      x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.
+Dununba    D........D..DD.D
(Sangban)   g..g..G.G.G.....
Variation 4:      +            Note this extra bass note coincides with Sangban
Bell 4      x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.
+Dununba    D.....D.....DD.D

Bell 4      x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.
+Dununba    .D.D.D.DD.D.D.DD
Lead Djembe OOSSSSSSSSSSSSSS +   Echeuffement...
Lead Djembe OOSSOOSSOOSSS... +
Lead Djembe ROLL!!!!!!!!!!!! +
Signal      s.OO.O.OO.SSS..S

Signal, Intro, Sangban+Djembes, Kenkeni 1 then 2, Dununba, Signal,
Variation 1, Variation 3, Variation 2, Variation 4, Finale, Signal, Outro

After the Signal brings in the Intro (played by everyone in unison), the
Djembes start with just the Sangban. Then the Kenkeni parts enter, and
finally the Dun Dun, which after a while then goes off into its Variations.
We finish with the manic Dun Dun Finale accompanied by Lead Djembe playing
echeuffement and rolls, and the final Signal brings everyone back together
for the Intro/Outro which ends the piece (with no downbeat).

Key to notation

(c) Traditional Guinean rhythm taught by Nansady Keita on 2007-07-31 at African Drum Village in Scotland.
(notated by Malcolm Smith on 2007-09-14