Yankadi-Makuru


This is one of my favorite versions of this West African dance/song I’ve ever come across. Beautiful dancing and I love the addition of the kora. The kora is one of my favorite instruments of all time.

These two rhythms are generally played one after the other, as a dance of seduction. Traditionally, the girls would dance in a line facing a line of boys, checking each other out for the duration of the slow rhythm of Yankadi. Then at the sudden signal to Makru or Makuru, they would pair off and dance as couples to the fast and furious 4/4 rhythm.

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