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Unformatted text preview: is here conceptualized as an intensification of gesture, that is, as the result of the transformation of non-verbal into verbal communication . . . Rhythmic expression may therefore be conceptualized within the framework of a continuum or circle which originates in gesture and terminates in stylized gesture. (Agawu) A few shared characteristics of West African Music(s): 1. steady pulse 2. call-response 3. melodic accents not where the Western ear might expect them 4. polyrhythms layers of different rhythms interlocking patterns of rhythm a. cross-rhythms: where the layers are in different metric organizations 5. close relation of music and dance / gesture 6. use of instruments to emulate the human voice and speech / language 7. improvisation; repetition and variation 8. context specific...
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- Fall '08