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SABAR

Sabar drum

Known as the Royal Drums of Senegal, djembes may be played all over Africa, but the Sabar is exclusive to the Wolof people of Senegal.

It can often be seen played at football games involving the Senegalese national side, as happened during the World cup 2002.


The Sabar is played asymmetrically - with one hand and one stick. And a variety of strokes are used.



Sabar Links:

Sabar Roots is the best Sabar site around, they even explain how to rehead them.
The traditional Senegalese way.
Also see:
Sabar Drumming

  



Sabar Ensemble


there are seven drums in the Sabar family. Each is tuned with seven pegs and rope. Which sets them apart from most peg-tuned drums. Each Sabar has its own name, and it's own sound - and all together they form the Sabar ensemble.

Sabar are made from Dimba wood - which is very dense, dark and hard. They are headed with goatskin.
The Sabar should be tuned for playing only, and then untuned afterward. This is done by hammering the pegs in, and then pulling them loose afterward.

Mbalax is a rhythm family that forms the foundation for most Senegalese music, like Baaba Maal and Youssou N'Dour. It is found throughout traditional Senegalese music, and permeates their modern music too.


Listen to the album Diabote by Doudou N'diaye Rose to hear traditional sabar drumming.
  



Doudou N'diaye Rose - Senegal


Sabar drum
Doudou N'diaye Rose is recognised as the world's greatest Sabar drummer. His entire family play the Sabar. They are also the custodians of the Sabar drum, and the traditional rhythms.

In Senegal and many West African countries where the griot tradition exists, one has to be born into a musical family, or be taught by a recognised master in order to play an instrument.



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