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Music as a World Phenomenon week 6

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Music as a World Phenomenon week 6 Mus 22121

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notes from week 6. Intro to Sub-saharan Africa
Music as a world phenomenon
Marjorie T. Rounds
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subsaharan, Africa, Music, world music
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Music as a World Phenomenon Week 6 Sub-Saharan Africa- (Chapter 10)  Ghana, D.R. Congo, Zimbabwe, Senegal-Gambia, Republic of South Africa  Background  farming is a primary occupation  Cultural zones:  pan Arabic/sahel/sub-saharan Africa  nearly 3,000 separate ethnic groups  Modern Politics  dictatorships  splitting up groups that get along/putting groups together that don’t get along  Afro-Centric Ideas  dependent on community  “I am because we are” instead of “I think, therefor I am”  African beliefs  community is social focus  Community includes living ancestors  animism prevalent  music is a part of life  African Music Principles  Oral tradition- nothing is written, passed down orally  remembering is a challenge  Focus on group over individual  polyrhythm- layered, simple patterns that are repeated over and over  you can feel it in 2 different meters at the same time  often instrumental  call and response- solo then group response  usually group response is repeated, solo is the one that changes  dance  Ghana  active place for slave trade  West Africa most familiar to outsiders  Kente cloth-patterned cloth that looks busy at first but at closer look you can see specific patterns, like how polyrhythm works  denotes social class  Akan and other indigenous language-  Polyrhythmic Ensemble-CD 2 Track 19  First Impressions  Rhythmic Kaleidoscope  Aural Analysis  Drums, rattles, bells  polyrhythm  call and response  Polyrhythm  overall sound is rhythmically dense  Time-line patterns  simple individual patterns  complex combined whole  density referent- relationships, not meter  3 cross rhythm  left hand: | 1| | | & | | |  right hand: |1| | 2| |3| |  Cultural considerations  recreational bands  formal and informal contexts  master drummers- signals when to change or stop music  Talking Drums  track 20- CD 2  drums echoing the vocal- surrogate speech  First impressions  mimic drum  Aural Analysis  surrogate speech:  tonal contour of language  speech rhythm  Hi/Lo Drums or one drum with multiple tones  Cultural considerations  drums give words more power  praise drumming  proverb performance


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