Beautiful...african soukous guitar demo

Lucidology

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Thank you very much for those clips Chris...
I have a recording session coming up this Monday & Tuesday
for which I've been hired as musical director ... maybe
I can introduce one of these Souka type of groove into the mix ..

Totally in luv with the happy, sparkling sound of them ...
 

JonR

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Yes, gorgeous.
Who needs anything more than an old I-IV-I-V and the plain old major scale...
;)
 

JonR

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Don't you love it when someone catches on to something you've always loved yourself? ;)
http://www.africanmusicmall.com/soukous/index.htm
http://music.calabashmusic.com/world/Soukous
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soukous
http://encarta.msn.com/media_461532866_761561261_-1_1/Popular_Soukous_Music.html
http://www.alisdair.com/africanpages/africansoukous.html
(you can google for more, of course)

The Four Brothers (actually from Zimbabwe, not Congo) are probably my favourites:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=160754315
but also check out Kanda Bongo Man, and his guitarist Diblo Dibala...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijwoksiaQZQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyiZBsGPqQw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXwb6TiZchQ&feature=related
(check out the bike wheel trick at 0.40 in that 3rd one; don't try this at home...not in front of your mother anyway...)

The kind of music that gives you an itchy warm feeling in your ears - due to the silly grin you can't wipe off your face...
How come those guys know how to have so much fun??
 

57tele

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I'm a huge fan of Dibala. I did a little transcription of a few of his figures a while back.

This is the orginal tune from an album called "Super Soukous" by one of his bands called "Loketo." It's copyrighted, so I won't keep it up very long.

http://triplefret.com/mp3/kelele.mp3


And here are two of the figures from early in the tune played a few times more slowly:

Slow:
http://triplefret.com/mp3/diblo1.mp3
Slower:
http://triplefret.com/mp3/diblo2.mp3

Code:
"Kelele" -Diblo Dibala

V = accent
Numbers 1-4 are left-hand fingers
's' between tones means to slide up to next tone.
Letters beneath staff are chords

First figure

         V           V     V                V           V     V  
  4   2  1  1 2  4---4  2  1-----1   4   2  1  2  1  4--4  2  1-----1 
--16-14-12---------------------------16-14-12-------------------------
--------------10-12s14--12------------------------12-14s15-12---------
------------9--------------11s---13 -----------13-------------11s--13-
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
        A          D                 E                D        



Second figure

        V       V         v          v      v       v     v                      
  4  2  1   2   4   4 2   1  1 3s 3  4  2   1 2  1  4  2  1  1  3s  3      
--16-14-12------17-16-14-12-12-------16-14-12-------16-14-12-12-------
-------------------------------14s15-------------12-------------14s15-
------------14--------------------------------13----------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
        A                D                 E              D
 

JonR

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Beautiful style.

What are the elements of this style??
Excellent examples from 57tele! (the whole track is a gem)
To answer your question:
1. Clean bright tone, with lots of reverb, and often some chorus.
2. Arpeggios and major pentatonics of the I, IV and V chords, usually in the sequence I-IV-V-IV, or I-IV-I-V; played high on the neck, often up around 12th fret, on the top 3 or 4 strings. (Basically sticking very close to the chord shapes - as you can see from 57tele's tabs. Not scale-based, except in so far as the arpeggios and pentatonics outline the diatonic major scale.)
3. Repetitive rhythmic patterns, using 8ths and 16ths, alternating on-beat notes with syncopations. Typically around 120 bpm, in 2/4 time (IMO).
4. Can be played with pick or fingernails, but Dibala uses both (hybrid picking), as you can see from the videos. Occasional right-hand damping.
 

57tele

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Probably belongs in the clips section, but here's my band doing some of this type thing, with me taking a stab at the style. This is from a gig earlier this year:

http://ia350641.us.archive.org/3/items/MNR2007-05-30.aud/mnr2007-05-30/mnr2007-05-30d1t07_vbr.mp3

and a coda:

http://ia350641.us.archive.org/3/items/MNR2007-05-30.aud/mnr2007-05-30/mnr2007-05-30d1t08_vbr.mp3

And just for the heck of it, here's the same piece with me and Kimock. Although the style is largely diatonic, notice how Kimock knows just when to throw a little chromaticism in there:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3319217094133967402

coda:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8795512857571548970
 






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