Djembe Lesson Download: Fanga Rhythm on Djembe

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How to Play the Fanga Rhythm on Djembe with Kenya Masala

In this lesson, Kenya Masala will teach you to play the rhythm called Fanga which a rhythm that comes to us from the Vai people of Liberia. The rhythm talks about welcoming and greeting.

Traditionally, this rhythm is played with a few different accompaniment parts. Today our supporting rhythm is going to be Passport.


  • Learn Part 1 (Signature Part) of Fanga
  • Over the shoulder view of this part for easy learning
  • Breakdown of each note in Part 1
  • Learn Part 2 (Accompaniment) for Fanga
  • Over the shoulder view and step by step breakdown of the rhythm

This video was made using the X8 Drums 12" Stallion Pro Djembe.

This video is instructed by Kenya Masala.
Sharing his love of rhythm and drumming within corporations, classrooms and communities, Kenya Masala is a recognized and respected trainer and facilitator across the country. Masala's original Rhythm Play!™ activity book and Zaboomba drumming programs introduce activities that integrate music within classroom and team development environment, and are accessible to teachers, educators and facilitators through easy-to-teach lessons that are adaptable to the ages and abilities of students and participants.


  • 5
    Good intro to Fanga

    Posted by Joe Townend on 28th Jul 2014

    Kenya explains some of the background of this popular rhythm and demonstrates the djembe parts. The video and audio quality is super.

  • 5
    Djembe Lesson: Fanga

    Posted by Skip Floraday on 28th Jul 2014

    Very well done; I will be buying more lessons for my djembe and congas.

  • 5
    Fanga Rhythm on Djembe

    Posted by Jim on 11th Jul 2014

    Kenya is a great instructor. Looking forward to more lessons.

  • 5
    Fanga Rhythm on Djembe

    Posted by William Bluemel on 11th Jul 2014

    Superb! Now need Dundunbas, Sambah, and kinkini parts.

  • 5
    Djembe Lesson

    Posted by Sabrina Tolbert on 10th Jul 2014

    I absolutely loved the video and highly recommend any of the videos that X8 has! They are easy to follow!