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Djolé (also known as Jolé or Yolé) is a mask-dance[1] from Temine people in Sierra Leone. It is played traditionally with a large square drum called sikko.

Although a mask depicts a female, it is carried by a male.[2]

Djolé is played usually during big feasts which involve many villages to celebrate a good harvest, the end of the Ramadan or a marriage.[3]

Nowadays the rhythm has been rearranged to be played with the djembé and is very popular in particular in Guinea.


Laila i ko korobé, korobé, korobé, mami watoné, aya, sico leleleko aya

sico la i ko na, sico la i ko, wa wango sico la i ko, wa wango sico la i ko[4]


  1. ^ Janessa Cloward (1999). "Dance to the music: UVSC professor passes on traditional African dance moves". Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Popular Rhythms". 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ Jake Williky (2007). "West African Drumming Ensemble drums up excitement". The Siskiyou. Southern Oregon University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Rytm p³ynie w krwi ka¿dego od urodzenia". Djembe Polska (in Polish). 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 

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