Drums and percussion have featured in West African music and tradition for actually hundreds of years; it types the idea of communication and social construction in that area and music has historically been used as a way of recording social historical past in order that it may be handed from era to era. This text is a quick introduction to the character of that music.
Archaeological digs have found proof of drums, drums sticks and different percussion devices in the area. A number of the rhythms performed as we speak have been shaped tons of of years in the past (it is virtually inconceivable to know precisely when) and it’s fairly clear that the influences for these rhythms got here from nature. One historic rhythm referred to as ‘KuKu’ fairly clearly imitates the sound of a fowl.
Varieties of Instrument
Percussion devices range from naturally occurring devices resembling seed pods, handy percussion corresponding to a cowbell being struck with a metallic rod or ring, to drums which were constructed with a pores and skin stretched over a picket shell. The drums type the ‘meat’ of the music and, when performed by a Grasp, could be surprisingly melodic. Shakers, bells and different percussion sounds add the ‘spice’ to the music and collectively they make a wealthy and full rhythm that has a profound impact on the physique.
There are various several types of drum in West African music however the primary ones are; Djembe, a goblet formed hand drum often with goat pores and skin, the Dunun, a barrel formed bass drum with cow pores and skin every finish performed with a stick to offer deep bass, and the Bougarabou, which is analogous to djembe however taller and with cow or antelope pores and skin with a sound that extra resembles a modern-day conga.
Influences in Different Cultural Music
Anybody who has studied West African music for any size of time would inform you that they will hear parts of West African bass and drum rhythms in music from Latin percussion such because the Samba (notably when enjoying the congas), in Asian Indian drumming (with the tabla) and even in trendy pop music performed on an digital drum package. The 6/eight clave is an historic foundation to many African rhythms and can in fact be recognised in virtually any type of music discovered around the globe. World percussion has undoubtedly been influenced by its historic origins.
Of the Masters of this kind of music, not lots of them would know what a 6/eight or a four/four rhythm was and counting and the measuring of time signatures isn’t finished in the normal setting. But knowledgeable ‘Western’ drummer can be amazed at how complicated the rhythms are, with the drum soloist altering effortlessly from triplets to quarter notes to accent the music.