The biggest 5 African drummers.

by Shopify API 04 September, 2018

The biggest 5 African drummers.

Do you like African music and want to meet the best African groups, musicians and soloists?

Hello friends from Mexico and around the world, in this blog I will tell you about some of the best African percussionists. As usual in TAMBORERIA (CDMX) we want to let you know everything about what surrounds African music, percussion instruments (djembes, attacking, etc.)

Are you ready to meet them?

(Clarification: I will give you my opinion on each one of these greats but the incredible thing about music is that each one comes more with one artist than another.)


Mamady Keïta:

Mamady Keïta (her surname sometimes also spelled Keita.) Is a leading percussionist of the African nation of Western Guinea. It specializes in the cup-shaped hand drum called djembe. He is also the founder of the Tam Tam Mandingue percussion school. He is a member of the Manding ethnic group.

In Mamady Keita's music, it is very important to have a song with the same rhythm although that does not take away its great versatility so that each song sounds super different and that agility it has to fill all the spaces that it can.
The songs that would enter my playback library would be:
Yagba Odienne

Babatunde Olatunji:

Babatunde Olatunji was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist. Olatunji was born in the village of Ajido, a small town near Badagry, Lagos state, in southwest Nigeria. A member of the people of Yoruba. Olatunji was introduced to traditional African music at an early age. He read in the Reader's Digest magazine about the scholarship program of the International Rotary Foundation and applied for it.

In the music of Babatunde we can find extremely assembled rhythms at the same rate, we can also find African-style songs that make you bristle the skin as soon as you hear those bass of the men and the treble in the female voices.
The whole album of "Drums of passion" It's a real JOYAAA! 100% recommended.


Oumou Sangaré:

This magnificent musician is from Bamako, Republic of Mali, 21 February 1968, is a Malian composer and singer of the genre wassoulou (from the historical region of the Niger River, where the music comes from an ancient and traditional song, often accompanied by calabash), and women's rights activist and opposes child marriage and polygamy. She received the Grammy Award and is a goodwill ambassador for FAO. He is known by the nickname The Wassoulou songbird. She is the daughter of singer Aminata DiakKité and cousin of actor Omar Sangare.

In his music sonorities are included as is the 'N'goni', this instrument plays a Harp sound that we also have available in Tamboreria.

It also has some guitar, shake and even violin dyes.
She has more than 5 albums where she shows all her art but the album of "Moussolou" It has some really interesting dyes.

Konono No. 1:

Konono No. 1 is a musical group from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire).
The group was formed by Mingiedi Mawangu, a Likembé player and truck driver who died in April from 2015 at the age of 85. The dates for the group's formation vary: Crammed Discs, which released Konono's Congotronics album No. 1 on 2005, places the group's formation around 1980.
However, in November of 1978, a group called Orchester Tout Puissant Likembe Konono Nº1 recorded a song, "Mungua-Muanga", for the compilation album Zaire: Musiques Urbaines a Kinshasa, and according to the group itself Mingiedi Mawangu formed the band in the decade of 1960.

His music combines three likembés electric (a lamellaphone traditional similar to the mbira) with vocals, dancers and percussion instruments that are made of elements rescued from a scrap yard. The group's amplification equipment is equally rudimentary, including a wood-carved microphone with a magnet from a car alternator.

This group has many very interesting rhythms for the Likembés, I could recommend the album "Assume Crash Position" and of my favorite songs are:
Lufuala Ndonga

This group is guaranteed to want to move the body as soon as you hear its incomparable Likembé with syllabus.

Last but not least...


Guem is a phenomenal African percussionist who arrived in France when he was 16 years old to become a professional soccer player.

For his career, which began more than 25 years ago, he has been experimenting with all kinds of rhythms and sounds. For example, he recorded an album in Brazil on 82 with local percussionists (available on vinyl LP), it would make no sense to give him the best percussionist in the world, but he is undoubtedly one of the most creative.

It makes no sense to insist on his technical skills: Guem's great talent is his melodic when creating percussions
Some of his compositions have been widely used in TV commercials in France!
Because of his knowledge of all kinds of percussion and rhythms.
In his music he makes very rich and different arrangements and compositions.
On stage, he interprets his compositions with other 7 percussionists, 2 dancers and 2 male breakdance dancers.
If we could name it with a single word, it would be Creative.
I could recommend songs like ...


I hope you liked this blog and all the good music that I shared with you.
Remember to keep reading and sharing good music.

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