Koumbassa, Youssouf. 1999. Wongai: Let's Go! Vol. 2. New York, NY: B-rave Studio/Youssouf Koumbassa.


Sinte is coming from . . . original from BokÚ. It's for Nalu people. We use this dance for circumcision.*

* Transcription mine.

Benkadi. 2006. MonÚ Mani. Leo Brooks, LB006.


This is an extremely popular dance, originally from the Nalu people of Guinea. Traditionally it is played on hollow log drums called 'Krin.' It is said by some to be the dance of the firewalkers.

Bangoura, M'Bemba. 2011. Wamato: Everybody Look! Featuring Master Drummer, M'bemba Bangoura. Vol. 1. Wula Drum Inc.


Sinte comes from Guinea, West Africa, a village we call Boke. It comes from the Nalo. The Nalo is an ethinic [sic] group that lives in Boke. Myself, I learned to play Sinte with one of the master dancers who has died. Bangaly [Bangoura] is the one who made Sinte. Sinte, they also play with the log krin, the log wood drum. Mostly it's the women who play that. Three women play that because it's big. So I learned from them, then when I went back to New York, I divide. Then I put each part with the djembe part. Then I made the break myself. The break is . . . So that's my creation. I made that myself. But a long time ago. So the break is going all over now because Sinte is a little funky rhythm so everybody loves to play Sinte.

Delbanco, ┼ge. 2012. West African Rhythms. Charleston, SC: Seven Hawk.


Susu rhythm from coastal Guinea.