The DJOKANO represents the rhythms and the sacred chants of DJOKAN. They are Divine vibration and traditional songs in honor of DJOKANO that recall its origin, its story, how it was created and why it is here.  

The DJOKANO gives homage to the sacred ground of Guiana, to DJOKAN the amazonian martial art, to its founding father the Gran Doko Sawani Makan, and to its men and its women who contributed to its development

In 2014, the DJOKANO received a prize and the distinction of “Guyanese musical heritage” (see the video above) by the President of the region, M. Rodolphe Alexandre

The DJOKANO is a divine message, a message of peace and love, a message of hope, a message of opening consciences.

The Djokano narrates our cultural diversity, which is the fundamental of the Guyanese culture and the base of our spiritual project.




The djokano is a fusion of drums rhythms of the natives, the bushikonde samas (of Bushinengé), and the creoles of Guiana. In fact, the Gran Doko, passionate about percussion



and a researcher in ethnomusicology developed some rhythms specifically for the DJOKAN.  Therefore, we have some warrior rhythms for combat and work conditioning (like the Djoumba) and some rhythms more settles for work on anchoring, centering, letting go, relaxation, and meditation (like Dérédi).


Gran Dôkô Sawani Makan learned first the creole percussion, the Sanpula (sacred drum music of Kali’na), the Apinti (sacred drum of Bushinengé), but also the N’Kul (sacred percussion of Cameroon) which he integrated into the game DJOKANO, in 2012, after his first trip to Cameroon. Other instruments including wind instruments (bamboo flute) came to enrich his "afromazonian game."

The DJOKANO is much more than a rhythm, but it is the heart beat of DJOKAN. It amplifies the internal energy of Djokanka, awakening the “warrior that sleeps within him.”




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