Compose, play and share West African drum rhythms on your iPhone® and iPad®
Simple notation from a Djembe Master
Master Drummer Mamady Keïta introduced this notation in his book “A Life for the Djembe - Traditional Rhythms of the Malinke” and used it in his iBook “Nankama”. It represents West African drum rhythms in an intuitive and easily editable form.
Include parts for djembe, kenkeni, sangban, dununba and three different bells. While editing, tap a note in a part to get the blue cursor and show the part keyboard. Use the white keys to enter notes at the cursor. Use the gray keys to perform other part changes.
Compile a rhythm library
Djembe Notes includes these 8 traditional West African drum rhythms, each with djembe, bell and dunun parts. Easily add new rhythms as you discover them, whether from teacher, book, drum circle, YouTube video or web site.
Additional rhythm sources:
Rhythms can be shared via email, airdrop and other supporting apps. In the rhythm player shown here, the "three dot" button at top right displays the menu shown below. There are two file types that can be shared, Note files and PDF files.
Shared Note files use a Djembe Notes rhythm format that can be played and edited in Djembe Notes.
Shared PDF files contain rhythm notation, which can be viewed and printed from any PDF reader and in just about any operating system.