Fat Baby Bembe
This is a 3/16 Bembe on tuned congas, played with mallets. I’ve arranged it (at the very kind suggestion of Vaisvil & ReefWalker) in a verse/chorus/bridge/capo fashion to get away from a straight pattern - I think this sort of arrangement makes it easier for these classic patterns to be incorporated into contemporary Western music.
Bembe rhythms hail from West Africa (Nigeria area) and are associated with Santeria rites in some cases, so they may sometimes have religious significance. A “Bembe” is a gathering (or party, if you will) with a lot of percussion, which may play uninterrupted for a very long time (like, all night). The dancers (and drummers) literally wear themselves out, often ending up in a trance (or even inebriated!). A “rave” of sorts, but maybe with a religious significance.
I personally place no religious significance to these rhythms, but really appreciate their trance effect.
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