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Music approaching differences: The Tandibéer. A journey through the senegalese Sabar
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Department of Folk Music.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

In the Senegalese musical tradition, there is a big number of cultural expressions and publicevents where the style, as well as the vibrant creativity of the Sabar percussion isdemonstrated. But if there is a moment on which this idea becomes most clear, this would bethe Tandibéer.The expressive and stylistic character of the Sabar drum playing is virtually exposed in theTandibéer where drummers and dancers have the opportunity to show their creative strengthand personality

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
Sabar, Tandibéer, Senegalese Percussion, folk music
Keyword [sv]
Senegalisisk Slagverk, folkmusik
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:kmh:diva-1717OAI: diva2:748613
Educational program
Kandidatprogram musiker
Lila Salen- KMH, Stockholm (English)

Concert Program and Specifications

”Music Approaching Differences”

Davide Rodrigues ExamensKonsert


with Sabar Drum ”Baye Faal”(Coming on stage…)Concert starts with tradicional religious Baye Fall chant and drumming from Senegal on which thesinging and the percussion have a close interaction.

Yirime Gueye- Nder drum & Thiou

lDavide Rodrigues- Nder drum & Baala

Dawcoumba Diop- Thioul

Abdulaye Diop- Tungunee & Baye Fall Chant

Nikolas Viisanen- Mbenguembengue

Davide´s Percussion Solo

On this solo totally improvised, an overview of the concert´s rhythmical landscape isdemonstrated. A lot of dynamics are explored in this self chosen set of sounds.


Using a small theme composed by the accordionist Isak Bergstrom as inspiration, this pieceexplores the interesting dynamic between the Accordion and the Drum with a short vocal choirintro with swedish Kulning.

Davide- Perc. & Vox

Isak Bergstrom- Accordion & Vox

Malin Gunnarsson Thunell- Kulning

Malin & Davide

Voice and Drums are two of the most intuitive instruments and this duo explores this basicaspect of the music. A mix of musical language and texture springs up a very melodic piecewhere both interpreters find a good balance between this two intruments.

Malin Gunnarsson- Vox

Davide- Perc. & Vox


For long time Johannes Hellman (Velvlira) and Davide Rodrigues (Percussion) were aiming towork together and put in practice this interesting duo. This song ”Zarabatana” makes apowerful statement on that. Not only with a lot of vocal percussion but also with the melodicand very rhythmical intepretation from Johannes velvlira.

Johannes Hellman- VelvLira

Davide- Perc. & Vox

No TransversAu

In this piece the music intends to reveal the great contrast between a simple and pentatonicmelody and the full expressed free improvisation.

Elias Frigård- Sax Soprano

Guto Lucena- Sax Baritono

Davide- Perc.

Deslize”This piece started as a duo with bass (Rickard Jokela) and percussion and evolved naturally toa sextet with a interesting sound palette. The clear tipical senegalese groove supports an openspreaded melody that “slides” through the piece.

Malin Gunnarsson- Vox

David Lombardi- Violin

Elias Frigård- Sax Soprano

Rickard Jokela- Acoustik Bass

Filipe Raposo- Piano

Davide- Perc.

Sagaz”A challenging theme that also started as a duo with the violinist David Lombardi became thisoctet with Strings, Piano and Sax Soprano. On this piece, inspired on the music from theswedish group Väsen, the Senegalese grooves and the ”SvenskSväng” are brought together ona very much arranged song.

Malin Gunnarsson- Vox

Davide Lombardi- Violin 1

Anna Karlsson- Violin 2

Johanna Nolgård- Viola

Elias Frigård- Sax Soprano

Rickard Jokela- Acoustik Bas

Filipe Raposo- Piano

Davide- Perc. & Vox

"Navegar Navegar”(Fausto)

A version of the portuguese song ”Navegar Navegar” from Fausto with a percussion arrangementon the Sabar and tradicional portuguese drums.

Malin Gunnarsson- Vox

Karl Tirén- Mandolin

Johan Nilsson- Nylon Guitar

Isak Bergstrom- Accordion

Rickard Jokela- Acoustik Bass

Filipe Raposo- Piano

Guilherme Piedade- Perc.

Davide- Perc. & Vox

"Tandibeer & Dance"

A small but yet intense taste of the tradicional senegalese ”Tandibéer”Some of the most popular rhythms are performed for the dance with the complex and intrincatesolo language of the Sabar drum aswell.

Yirime Gueye- Nder drum & Thioul

Davide Rodrigues- Nder drum & Baala

Dawcoumba Diop- Thioul

Abbe Diop- Tungunee

Nikolas Viisanen- Mbengue mbengue

____________________________________________________________________________Davide Rodrigues

Available from: 2014-09-22 Created: 2014-09-19 Last updated: 2014-09-22Bibliographically approved

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