Jarabi is a traditional kora piece from the Manding Empire. This version is a solo guitar arrangement of Toumani Diabate’s two recorded versions of Jarabi (one on the album Kaira and on on The Mande Variations). He now calls his version Cantelowes. This score is for classical or acoustic steel guitar in an alternate tuning with a Capo. It is made up of variations on a bass line with both cycles (called Kumbengo or K) and melodic themes (called Birimintingo or B). You can make your own variations on this piece by bringing in these themes and cycles at different times. The piece is notated in a tablature specially designed for transcribing this type of music.
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