Bembe rhythm is usually used for songs for Orishas.
If you are interested to learn songs for Orishas, Italian Santeiro Luca Brandoli is writing marvelous books.
Bembe has several variations depend on regions.
One I post today is one of the most popular Bembe rhythm.
Instrumentation I show here is:
Bell, highest drum (Cachimbo), mid-high drum (high Mula), mid-low drum (low Mula) and lowest drum (Caja).
If you have 3 drums only, play Cachimbo, high Mula and Caja.
Cata can be added to ensemble by playing the same rhythm as Abakua.
Bell rhythm is most popular 6/8 bell rhythm.
Cachimbo is highest drum for this ensemble.
|Mula (High) 6/8||H||T||S||T||O||O||H||T||S||T||O||O|
|Mula (Low) 6/8||B||B||O||T||S||T||B||B||O||T||S||T|
Caja player improvise.
The pattern I showed here is a ride.
Please click Here for YouTube demonstration for this rhythm.