TBW Test To See If You Have Rhythm – Malinke/Mandinka Edition

Your goal is to keep the beat without being distracted and adjusting to it.  These are the sounds of the Malinke Tribe.

  1. Play the above video and follow for till the end.
  2. A nod of the head, a tap of the foot, a clap of the hand either is suffice.  
  3. Now try to create your own rhythm in between the rhythm of the people.  Bonus points if you create a vocal sound in between the rhythm. 
  4. Continue on till the end with an open mind.  

Complete, think about your ability to maintain a constant tempo and try again another day.

Dancers can add sound and movement to the rhythm of the video.  The result over time will be an evolved sense and connection to rhythm.

The more styles of music you embrace, the more you are able to interact with deeper levels of sonics and it’s energy.

A valuable tool for dancers, artist, musicians and really any creative.

Sidenote:  Last night, I hit my father up and asked about the word.  He said Foli in Mandingo is to gossip.  The poster of the video mentions a story about rhythm.  I’ll have to send him the video to translate for me.  It’s something about finding out for myself and not just trusting the stories of others.

However, the energy of the video speaks for itself, no translation needed.  The company did a dope job with the visuals and sound.

The connection is close as my father is full blood Mandinka.

Wiki Defines Mandinka people as an African ethnic group with an estimated global population of 11 million. The Mandinka are the descendants of the Mali Empire, which rose to power in the 13th century under the rule of the Malinké/Maninka King Sundiata Keita.

…and that’s #thebrooklynword.


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