Sheet Music now available from C Alan Publications:
hard copy - http://c-alanpublications.com/west-african-suite/
digital download - http://c-alanpublications.com/west-african-suite-digital/
Arranged and Performed by Adam Snow
DMA recital #3 - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The West African Drum Set Suite is a product of the desire to incorporate traditional Djembe ensemble polyrhythms into a “single player” model on the modern drum set. Though the instruments of the drum set are different from those in the traditional Djembe ensemble, similar timbres can be found between the two. Further, some of the essential polyrhythmic relationships of the ensemble can be represented through a composite approach on the drum set by one player. The intent is not to replace the ensemble. It is, rather, to enhance the capabilities of the drum set player to find new musical and rhythmic possibilities that are unique to Djembe music.
*Djole is a rhythm from the Temine people of Sierra Leone. It was originally played on square frame drums called Siko. Now the rhythm is a very popular rhythm for Djembe and is widely known across West Africa.
*Sorsornet is a mask dance of the Baga people of the Boke region of West Guinea. The mask is said to bring good luck and to provide protection for a village. This is also a popular rhythm now that is played widely.
*Kuku is a very popular rhythm from the Manian people of Forest Guinea and Ivory Coast. It was originally played for women in the village as they returned from fishing. Now it is one of the most popular pieces played all over West Africa.
- Adam Snow