Established 1978 We Speak Drum 1-866-792-0143

Ogoun Badagris by Christopher Rouse

Model # 49012607 By: Hal Leonard
    • $38.95 each List: $39.00, You Save: $.05!
    • Special Order : Usually ships in 1 to 2 weeks. Call for estimated delivery date
      Special Order : Usually ships in 1 to 2 weeks. Call for estimated delivery date
      In Stock: Ships next business day Out of Stock : This item is unavailable
    • Success! This item was added to your wishlist
      You must be logged in to add an item to your wishlist.
      You can also create an account for free.
  • Overview

    • Dark, Primal Dance
    • Based on Voodoo Ceremony
    • For 5 Percussionists
    • Some Yelling Involved
    • Difficulty: Medium +
    • Duration: 5:00
  • Item Details

    Christopher Rouse's Ogoun Badagris is a piece for five percussionists - and it's also the name of a Voodoo god that demands human sacrifice! Dark and frenetic, this piece will add some primal energy to your percussion ensemble concert.

    Essentially a dance, each player will have to get a sense of the whole rhythmic pattern as it's layered between the different players. Some more advanced time signatures change up the feel from time to time, to keep everybody on their toes. I hope your players aren't shy about screaming and yelling!

    Difficulty: Medium +

    Duration: 5:00


    • Player 1:
      • Snare Drum, Timpani (4), Gong
      • Cowbells (2), China Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal
    • Player 2: Bass Drum, Bongos (2), Timbales (2)
    • Player 3: Lion's Roar, Congas (4), Wood Blocks (3)
    • Player 4:
      • Bass Drum, Toms (3), Vibraslap
      • Maracas, Large Ratchet
    • Player 5:
      • Quica, Tenor Drum, Log Drums (4)
      • Sleigh Bells, Slapstick, Metal Plates (3)
      • Guiro, Cabasa, Suspended Cymbal

    From the composer: Ogoun Badagris derives its inspiration from Haitian drumming patterns, particularly those of the Juba Dance. Hence, it seemed logical to tie in the work with various aspects of Voodoo ritual. Ogoun Badagris is one of the most terrible and violent of all Voodoo loads (deities) and he can be appeased only by human blood sacrifice. This work may thus be interpreted as a dance of appeasement. The four conga drums often act as the focal point in the work and can be compared with the role of the four most basic drums in the Voodoo religion — the be-be, the seconded, the maman, and the asator. The metal plates and sleigh bells are to a certain extent parallels of the Haitian ogan. The work begins with a brief action de grace, a ceremonial call-to-action in which the high priest shakes the giant rattle known as the asson, here replaced by cabasa. Then the principle dance begins, a grouillere: this is a highly erotic and even brutally sexual ceremonial dance which in turn is succeeded by the Danse Vaudou at the point at which demonic possession occurs. The word "reler," which the performers must shriekat the conclusion of the work, is the Voodoo equivalent of the Judaeo-Christian "amen".

  • Specifications

    Name Ogoun Badagris by Christopher Rouse
    Brand Hal Leonard
    Model # 49012607
    UPC Code 073999376593
    Sold By each
    Number of Orchestra Bells
    Number of Crotales
    Number of Vibes
    Number of Chimes
    Number of Pans
    Number of Xylophones
    Number of Marimbas
    Number of Timpani Sets
    Includes Rhythm Section
    Item Weight
    Response Frequency Range
    Amount of Phantom Power Required
    Connector Type
    Microphone Type
    Polar Pattern
    Number of Voices
    Number of Drum Set Samples
    Sequencer Details
    Display Type & Size
    Number & Type of Connections
    Type of Power Supply
    Octave Range
    Length of Warranty
    Hoop Type 
    Sub Type 
    What's Included
    Surface Type 
    Included Equipment 
    Drum Head Type 
    DifficultyMedium +
    Number of Mallets5
    Number of Performers5
    Drive Type 
    Footboard Length 
    Transportation Method 
    Number of Drums 
    Part Type 
    Practice Pad Options 
    Seat Type 
    Author/ComposerRouse, Christopher
    Minimum Tube Size
    Bore Size
    Bell Size
    Includes Tuning Slide Trigger
    Marching Tuba Type
    Number of Valves
    Exterior Material 
    Interior Material 
    Includes Head
    Is Mountable
    Bowl Material 
    Bowl Type
    Includes Gauges
    Number of Plies
    Collar Type
    Shaft Material 
    Carrier Connection Type
    Mount Type
    Compatible Brands
    Playing Position
    Is Tiltable
    Leg Type
    Maximum Instrument Size
    Minimum Instrument Size
    Number of Feet 
    Base Type
    Is Height Adjustable 
    Thread Size
    Cymbal Finish
    Maximum Height
    Synth Stand Type
    State ListTexas (Grade 1), Florida (Grade 6), Missouri (Grade A), Ohio (Class A)
    Jingle Rows 
    Compatible With 
  • Returns & Shipping


    If you're not completely satisfied with your purchase you can return it to us within 30 days for a full refund, store credit, or a one-for-one exchange, on nearly everything in the store. The products must be in the condition in which you received them, in the original box and packaging.

    To see instructions on how to return items, please check out our Return Policy.


    Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking number that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Everything is carefully packed by hand - we know just how delicate this stuff can be, and how important it is to you.

    We ship from centrally-located Dallas, Texas. Howdy y'all!

Read Reviews (0)

Your Review

Your Information

When you are satisfied with your review, click the submit review button →
    • Your Name
    • Your Location
    • Your Experience
    • Pros

      • Something you liked
      • Keep it short
      • Up to 3 pros
    • Cons

      • Something you didn’t like
      • Up to 3 cons
    • IP240 The Name of the Product
    • 3.5
    • This is where your One Line Summary will show up!
    • December 1, 2012
    • by Robert P.
    • Here’s where your summary shows up. You can talk about things you like about it, things you don’t, what your expectations were, what you had heard from other people, or whatever you’d like! Hitting the return button after a sentence a couple of times will move your text down to the next line like this, so you can make paragraphs that are easier for people to read. If you want your photo next to your review, just visit and use the same email address here!
    • 32