DIANSA PART 1 - LESSON V1
This rhythm uses the allaround favorite Passport part as Part 1.
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Diansa Part 1 - Lesson v2
This time I did a face style lesson. I got a little intense for a minute there at the beginning! Oh well... You might learn better this way though. If so, let me know .
Diansa Part 1
Diansa Part 1 - Slow
Diansa Part 2 - Lesson
Diansa Part 2
Diansa Part 2 - Slow
Notes and Notation
Diansa is a very popular rhythm, well known under many different spellings such as Jansa, Dansa, etc. Diansa originates from the Kayes region in Mali. It is performed in the evening for most celebrations including full moons, solstices, equinoxes, weddings and harvest celebrations.
This rhythm features the Passport part as the first accompaniment.
Diansa also uses the standard 4/4 break with slaps.
For notation hungry, here you go:
Part 1: (Passport part) S . . S S . T T S . . S S . T T
Part 2: . . T T . . S . . . T T . . S .
This one can feel weird, as I know it does for me. It flips and flops, because I have not played it enough and heard it enough to keep it solid in my head as I go. It's one of those things we don't grow up with in the west.
Screaming with Joy
I am a musician myself but wanted to learn drumming. When I watch Robert drum for dancers at Dance Church, Sufi, and parties, and see how everyone starts moving, shouting and screaming with joy, it's amazing. I realized I wanted to do that! I have been taking group lessons from Robert once a week for about 2 months now, and for someone that never touched a drum before, I am getting better fast. His knowledge goes way beyond the rhythms and sounds - he really understands the art and spirit of it, the psychology and physiology of dancers. I get a lot out of every lesson, and I intend to join his performance group.
~~ Kevin Dalfonso, Musician, Systems Tech, Encinitas, CA
Get the Room Rocking
I met Robert some years ago. When I learned about his prowess as a drummer and rocking the djembe, I invited him to join my rock band, Clarke After Darke. He was amazing. It didn't matter what the song was, he was always able to get the room rocking with his strong percussive beats. And he dueled with the kit-drummer, like a swashbuckling pirate and they laid down some fabulous solos. Besides, he is a really kind and gentle person. We were sad when he left for California. We love him to bits.
~~ Clarke Stevens, Entertainer, CPA, Phoenix, AZ
I've been casually drumming for many years but never formally, and never with african drumming. Then I saw Robert drumming at our local dance church. I was amazed how he could change rhythms effortlessly and "communicate" with the other drummers. Not only is he a great drummer, he is an extraordinary teacher. He is kind, patient and shows a true love for drumming and teaching. When he asked us at our first lesson what were our goals, he didn't snicker or laugh when I said "I just want to be as good as you" - now my goal is to have fun and be as good as I can be, and if that even approximates a quarter of Robert's talent I will be grateful.
~~ Paul Paez, Chiropractor, Encinitas, CA