03 Sub Saharan Africa

03 Sub Saharan Africa - The Music of Africa Youve Got...

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The Music of Africa You’ve Got Rhythm
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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Geography and Brief History of Sub-Saharan Africa
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Introduction to the Region Many Africans reckon the bonds of family laterally and linearly One village may have a genealogy of a common ancestor Professional caste of musicians memorize these genealogies and recite them in song Each musical instrument has a spirit of it own.
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Introduction to the Region: Polyrhythm The most distinctive of traditional African musical characteristics Different meters or metrical starting points going on at once
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Characteristics of Traditional African Music Ostinato 1. A short pattern that repeats over and over 2. ostinato most often refers to a repeating melody, but can also refer to a repeating rhythm. 3. In Africa, ostinatos often form foundations for improvisation, variation, or the addition of other patterns Use of percussion 1. This characteristic reflects the Sub-Saharan emphasis on making music with drums, rattles, bells, xylophones, and mbiras. 2. Some orchestras include only percussion instruments, and non- percussion instruments are sometimes played in a percussive manner 3. such instruments as harps, lyres, horns, and flutes are equally important in many areas. 3.1.harps, lyres, horns, and flutes are equally important in many areas
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Characteristics Background Shimmer 1. African musicians often attach beads, coins, or other small
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course MUSI 1004 taught by Professor Stevens during the Spring '08 term at UConn.

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03 Sub Saharan Africa - The Music of Africa Youve Got...

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