The Kamele ngoni (young persons harp) is a harp-oud from the Mandingue region of West Africa (especially Mali and Burkina Faso).  It has its origins in the hunters donso n’goni. Also known as kamale ngoni or simply Goni in Burkina Faso.

For more about the Kamele ngoni check out our history page About the kamale ngoni

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NEW Kamele n’goni lesson – Jina Muso

A popular Malian rhythm referring to the ‘spirit of the Woman’.

Kamele n’goni Lesson 1

The first in a series of videos that explains a little about the world of Kamele ngoni a harp/lute from West Africa.

Lesson 1 talks about kamele n’goni  construction, different tunings, and the teaching methodology for these videos.  The lesson focuses on some simple scales exercises to develop your playing technique.

For a 10 string Kamele ngoni we tune from right to left. So the first string closest to the calabash then going right to left up instrument.

kamele ngoni tuning in A – G E D C A G E D C A

For a 12 string kamele ngoni we might add two extra bass notes e.g.  G E D C A G E D C A G E

For 14 string we might also add two higher strings C A G E D C A G E D C A G E

Kamele ngoni tuning in B – A F# E D B A F# E D B

Kamele n’goni lesson 2

Lesson 2 focuses on a some more scales that can be used as exercises or incorporated into African pieces.

Kamele n’goni lesson – Lome lome lome

Here we demonstrate a rhythm from Burkina Faso for the Kamele n’goni entitled Lome Lome Lome (Always, always, always).

Kamele n’goni lesson – N’goni blues

Some patterns and improvisations to be used in the blues.