Kofi Agawu's African Rhythm: A Northern Ewe Perspective PDF

By Kofi Agawu

ISBN-10: 0521480841

ISBN-13: 9780521480840

The particular caliber of African track lies in its rhythmic constitution and scholarly paintings in this song has often under pressure drumming because the website at which 'complex' rhythms are cultivated. Kofi Agawu argues that drumming is just one between a number of modes of rhythmic expression and extra fruitful method of the knowledge of African tune is thru spoken language. during this e-book, he constructs a soundscape of the Northern Ewe humans of Ghana which demonstrates the pervasiveness of a number of different types of rhythmic expression of their day-by-day lives. He then devotes a bankruptcy each one to an research of rhythm in language, tune, drumming and dancing, musical functionality and folks narration. A concluding bankruptcy addresses a few of the ideological elements that experience inspired the illustration of African rhythm. An accompanying CD allows the reader to paintings heavily with the speech and music mentioned.

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They are praying for children, for food, for clothing, indeed for all their earthly needs has not the Lord assured them that He will take care of their needs? The singing is loud and spirited, the drumming equally energetic, and the dancing, depending on how the spirit moves, is sometimes freely, sometimes strictly patterned. A one-stringed double bass strengthens the musical texture, providing not only a three-note bass line but also a strong rhythmic pulsation. Drums, rattles, bells and castanets contribute their own sets of rhythms to the performance.

It is partly because of this obligatory mediation, which in turn engenders several repetitions of the same verbal formulas, that the proceeding as a whole acquires a periodic sense. m. The onset of darkness in Northern Eweland signifies both ending and beginning. The working day ends here for many rural people, and it is followed by a dense network of formal and informal musical activities, some of it ritually determined, some of it totally spontaneous. It is as if the Northern Ewe care for their bodies by day and their souls or spirits by night.

In one home, girls are pounding dried cassava in a mortar to make kokonte. In another, they are pounding recently harvested rice in order to remove the husks. As with other forms of routine pounding (of which the daily pounding of fufu is probably the most prevalent), the work of pounding is made a little less routine by incorporating some rhythmic interest. 2, may be introduced. Pounder I keeps a steady pace while Pounder 2 pushes her strokes closer to Pounder I'S. Later, the roles might be reversed so that Pounder I takes on the "improvisatory" role.

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