Sub-Saharan Africa 1 - spirits funerals are important...

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Sub-Saharan Africa Overview; Ewe
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Sahara Desert (in brown)
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West Africa
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interlocking melodies and rhythmic parts preference for dense, overlapping textures, and  buzzy timbre cyclical forms (based on rhythmic/melodic  ostinatos) flexible approaches to rhythms often combining  General Characteristics  of African Music
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Ewe (Ghana and Togo) West African coast
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Ewe speakers (in yellow)
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decentralized society  religion permeates all aspects of family and  community life extended family and lineage important spirits of ancestors are protectors Supreme being: Mawu Se, another deity, the maker and keeper of  human souls  Anlo Ewe
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musical lineage: talent comes from ancestral 
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Unformatted text preview: spirits funerals are important ceremonies, venues for agbekor performance much of music is learned informally from an early age; agbekor , however requires specialized training Music of the Anlo Ewe a genre of Ewe music that features singing and drumming originated as a war dance percussion ensemble: drums, rattles, bells polyrhythm (3:2) 12-beats in 4-feel or 6-feel Agbekor gankogui – bell axatse – gourd rattle kaganu – high pitched, slender kidi – drum kloboto – drum totodzi – drum Agbekor percussion...
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2012 for the course MUS 130 taught by Professor Lee during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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