For enthusiasts of early banjo
Description Griot tune from Cheick Hamala Diabate played by Rob Morrison
Wow I love this Rob! Awesome.
I was privileged to meet and speak with Cheick Hamala Diabate at the AEBC. I asked him the origin of this tune and he told me it had been passed to him though his Griot family in a tradition going back 8oo years. When I asked what the tune was about, he said simply "No more war."
Cheick Hamala plays this tune on an instrument tuned in fourths, or ngoni tuning. I am tuned in Briggs' high bass tuning (D). The tune has three parts, the first two played through twice. The third is played as many times as the spirit moves you. The second part flows seamlessly into the third part. This will make more sense when you listen to the tune.
"N'be Magni" is highly syncopated with complex rhythms. The first two parts are staccato, while the third part has a sort of floating, dreamy, otherworldly feel to it. I play the third part in a thumb lead style.
Thanks, Lisa. If you are having a bad day, playing this tune will make it a lot better. Cheick Hamala Diabate has dedicated his life to sharing his music and his culture with the world. It is a gift from him for us to enjoy.
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