Fanga Part 1 - Lesson
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Fanga Part 1
Fanga Part 1 - Slow
Fanga Part 2 - Lesson
Fanga Part 2 - Fast
Fanga Part 2 - Medium
Fanga Part 2 - Slow
Fanga Part 2 - Slowest
Fanga Break - Lesson
Fanga Break... the usual 4-4 break with slaps:
@ . T T . T . T T . S S S . . .
Notes and Notation
Cultural Background :
Fanga is a well-known welcoming rhythm made popular by Babatunde Olatunji, starting way back in the 1960s. It's taught a lot today in djembe classes everywhere. Babatunde was an internationally renowned percussionist and teacher from Nigeria who inspired interest in African music and culture around the world.
This is also one of those cool rhythms, with a lot of funk to it, and people love to play it for dancing here in the US.
B . . T . T S S B . B . T T S S -- one cycle
B . . T . T S S B . B . T T S S B . . T . T S S B . B . T T S S B . . T . T S S B . B . T T S S -- three cycles
B . T T . T S S B . T T B . S S -- one cycle
B . T T . T S S B . T T B . S S B . T T . T S S B . T T B . S S B . T T . T S S B . T T B . S S -- three cycles
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