Swedish Library Service´s review
of African Drum Rhythms:
The djembe, a hand drum, plays the principal part in
which is a thorough study of the rhythmic traditions of West Africa,
some 150 examples illustrated by a specially designed notation system.
The book has three sections - the first one deals with drumming
describes the instruments involved: the djembe, the bass drums and
Furthermore, concepts like polyrhythm, stroke patterns and the nature
rhythm are explained, and there are tips about the best way to get
The second section is a detailed study of the character of various
with accompanying notation and handing options, plus a comparative
analysis of the rhythms - which all have names: Akiwowo, Kokou,
There are also some recommendations of appropriate playing exercises.
In the final section we are given a brief overview of the cultural
a detailed description of how to assemble and store the djembe,
way to keep your hands in playable condition and other practical
As a reference, there is an extensive glossary and a rhythm
A 90 minute audio cassette* completes the book, which is impressive
its wealth of details and expert knowledge.
Reviewer: Per Wikén
[Hallström, Lennart. African Drum Rhythms. 166 p. + Examples
* Author´s note: In the English edition there are 3 one