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How to Play the Kuku Rhythm on Djembe with Kenya Masala
One of the most popular djembe rhythms in the United States is the traditional dance rhythm from Guinea West Africa called Kuku. In this lesson you will learn how to play the Kuku African Rhythm on Djembe.
Before starting this lesson, it is important that you know the nomenclature of the basic djembe notes and how to play them. To to learn (or review) the basic rhythms on djembe, watch the How to Play Djembe Lesson.
- Walk through Part 1 of the Kuku Rhythm
- Learn about the "feel" and important pause that takes place between the phrases
- Learn Part 2 of Kuku and where it fits in the rhythm
- Breakdown of the break for Kuku. This section is instructed step by step where you will build up to master the entire part.
- Learn how the Break flows into Part 1 and Part 2.
- At the end of this lesson, you will have mastered Parts 1 and 2 so when you join a drum jam, you can play either part as needed.
- Run Time: 8:25
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.