"Dahui" (pronounced "dah-whee") is a word from the Sousou people of Guinea, West Africa. "Dahui" is also a core group of musicians who came together through studying West African rhythms. Members of the core group have made various pilgrimages to Guinea, West Africa to study the djembe and dunun drums with the Masters. During the first trip a couple of us took together, we were frequently referred to as "dahui" by the Sousou people. They seemed to be having a laugh at our experience. Turns out, "dahui" means "crazy" in the Sousou language and they meant it as a term of endearment and acceptance. We quickly felt comfortable returning the compliment. To this day, we've remained close, through long-distance, relationships with our slightly crazy friends.
Shortly after returning to Chicago, we had a scheduled performance and realized we had no name for our group. "Dahui" seemed like the natural choice, because it somehow summed up our feelings about our new, enigmatic relationship with the people and traditions of a very old culture. Absorbing the wisdom and depth of traditional West African rhythms is surely becoming our life-long pursuit.
In this sampler, we hope to share our humble beginnings. These rhythms represent a starting point for us, and as presented, are a combination of traditional and original arrangements.
Finding an absolute authority for the source of the numerous rhythms has proven to be an elusive adventure. However, there is no shortage of time-honored opinions and all appear to be vaild.
As humble students, we would like to express our deep gratitude to our various teachers, each from a slightly different and unique West African tradition.
Very special thanks to: Mamady Keia, Gbanworo Keita, Famadou Konate, M'bemba Bangoura, Michael Markus, Madou Dembele, Ya Ya Kubo