Isaac Reed Professor Jobe Music Appreciation 27 – Nov. – 12 Djembe Drum The djembe drum has played an important role in its history. The origin of the djembe drum is crucial to its history. The djembe drum has its own unique sound. The djembe drum also has a certain style of play required to correctly use it. It also has its own place in traditional ensembles.
Art wasn’t the only feature related to religion. West African music also had a key aspect in it. Folk musicians used instruments such as drums, xylophones, bells, flutes, and mbanzas to produce a highly rhythmic accompaniment to the dancing that was an important part of religious
All of musical expressions comprise a lot of elements which has a lot to do with how we treat our daily lives and our cultures. The slit Gong is used in many countries around the world not just to convey their selves but to represent their country and cultures at large. Every culture makes their own music which makes musical instruments very powerful and helpful in the presentation of these cultures. The Gong woody instrument is recognize and acknowledge to be the world largest instrument, even though the making of instruments is one of man’s oldest made object ever recognize, it is also primarily found in ambrym and mostly neighboring islands, it is also found in parts of Africa, Oceania and Americas .the instrument is dated to be around 1960s with in a culture call ambrym. The helibrunn timeline of art is Melanesia, 1900 A.D. they are different ways that the gong instrument is carved, they are normally carved based on the cultural design of that particular culture or most commonly they are carved from the trunks of breadfruit trees.
Name: Maria Bautista AR-310 H1A 02/27/2012 Drum Baga Guinea The Baga Drum from Guinea originates with the Baga people who occupy a narrow stretch of land along the Atlantic Coast of the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. The Baga is one of the smallest ethnic groups in Guinea, but they have created a significant artistic legacy that includes magnificent headdresses, sculptures, and musical instruments. Baga is derived from the Phrase bae raka, “people of the seaside” The Baga are known for their dynamic performances and ceremonies both religious and secular in which music and art play an integral role. The drum demonstrated female power while such drums were carved by men, only women would have designed commissioned and played them. The Baga Drum was carved from a single piece of wood and animal skin in the surface.
They are venerated with words, song and dance and evoked on a daily basis in the most ordinary of sentences or during the course of superb ceremonies. CREATION MYTH The Fulani creation myth provides a perfect example of how the peoples of Mali envision life and the creation of the human race. It defines the depth of African spiritual beliefs, so different from the Jewish creation myth of the Garden of Eden. The Jews had a tribal, patriarchal social structure dominated by men like Adam and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. West Africans had a matriarchal social structure that still infuses daily life and spirituality.
Each Greek mode can be played in different keys, so therefore, there are twelve versions of each mode and each are used in the many common forms of Jazz music and Jazz improvisation Each mode however uses different tonic notes. The Ionian mode(also known as the Major scale) consists of the all 7 notes with no sharps or flats. The Dorian mode, (which is the most used mode in jazz) consist of a minor 3rd and a minor 7th which makes for a minor sounding scale. The Phrygian mode is strictly minor. This scale is used most often in Spanish Flamenco music.
Akan Culture: The Symbolism Behind the Adinkra Cloth The Adinkra cloth was created in Ghana, West Africa, by the Akan people. This consists of a cloth printed or stamped with black dye made from the bark of Badie tree, using stamps carved from sections of calabash. For decades, the Adinkra cloth was known to be worn only as a mourning cloth during times of grief, but today it is worn during every occasion. The Akan people are known primarily for two types of cloth production: printed Adinkra and woven Kente cloth (Ventura 1). The practice of creating Adinkra cloth teaches about the West African Akan culture and values in the form of the symbols on the cloth which represent them.
The overall volume of the song is relatively loud so as to match with the pulsatory and impassioned rhythms, and without much change throughout, except the little fading at the beginning and the end. As for the timbre for this piece, many special instruments are deliberately and wisely chosen. The sound effect is the best to represent the Cuban style and culture in their ethnic group. I would imagine that the band tries to incorporate some of their traditional instruments in the hip hop. So there is a kind of complementary effect on having the blending of traditional Afro-Cuban and modern interpretation.