A few days ago I wrote a post about the taiko group Kodō, and in a comment to fellow blogger Keiko-san I said that I wished I could see Kodō performing with djembe drummers from Africa. If you're interested in drumming, I've included a few videos. The first is a djembe performance by Bolokada Conde, one of the world's foremost djembefolas. (It's a very different technique with very different rhythms, more spontaneous and less disciplined, but I hope you'll like it.) The second is a lesson from a djembe teacher. The third is simply a video about Africa's natural rhythms. Watch it: it's beautiful. Now do you understand why I love drums?
Sharp eyes (or ears?) might've noticed that all these songs originated in West Africa. Africa's best music comes from its western regions. I'd like to introduce you to a few singers as well: Salif Keita and Ali Farka Touré from Mali, Youssou N'Dour from Senegal and the grande dame of African music, the gravel-and-velvet-voiced Cesaria Evora from Cape Verde.
I tried to embed videos, but Blogger tells me "video player is too small", so here's a list of hyperlinks: