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Bring the djembe drum to life with master drummer and griot Amadou Kienou! Learn the origins and role of the drum in Africa. Djembe is a Malinke word meaning “uniting people,” and this West African instrument speaks a universal language that people of all origins can learn.
Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Amadou Kienou is the seventh son of a family of praise singers (griots) from Dafing origin, originating from a tribe which settled down at the ancient Mandingue Empire. The tribe’s has extended right up to Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali. Praise singers are very popular and renowned singers in Ouagadougou and most are professional musicians. Amadou was initiated in music by his father, the late Baba Kienou. In the '60s, this distinguished traditional praise singer and musician brought his personal touch to national and cultural events like the famous Djandjoba. This ancestral flame was generously transmitted to the children by their father. As a child, Amadou showed particular interest in the musical instrument, the djembe. After much practice he is now referred to as “the drum master of Burkina Faso.”