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African Music . Exploring Music 7. Family Life. Families provide focus for community activities- singing, dancing, and music are important parts of family life Rural Lifestyle- Up at dawn, and return home for an evening meal when it gets dark
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African Music Exploring Music 7 Family Life
  • Families provide focus for community activities- singing, dancing, and music are important parts of family life
  • Rural Lifestyle- Up at dawn, and return home for an evening meal when it gets dark
  • After their evening meal, they sit and talk, and sometimes play instruments and sing
  • Community Music
  • A lot of music and dancing at religious festivals, funerals, or harvest times where EVERYONE joins in
  • Good way for community members to meet, enjoy themselves, and celebrate
  • Villages are proud of their own versions of music- it is offensive to suggest it sounds like another villages music!
  • Music reminds the community of where they came from (culture)
  • Rhythms
  • Main element of African music is RHYTHM!
  • Drums have to be tuned to particular pitches within ensembles- this helps drummers imitate phrases that people might say (Tonal Music)
  • Drums are used as a form of communication between people some distance apart
  • Connection between words and music is used to remember and describe rhythm patterns played on drums
  • KoraMusic
  • Listen to the recording of Kora Music
  • Native instrument from Senegal
  • 21 Strings
  • Made from a large squash covered in cow skin
  • Describe the vocal style in as much detail as possible
  • Is the voice high or low?
  • Does it use a wide range of pitches?
  • Does it have a tight, nasal quality, or is it smooth and relaxed?
  • Does it use vibrato?
  • Does it slide from note to note (Portamento)?
  • Kora Music
  • Describe the melodic style in similar detail
  • It is a simple melody or does it have complicated decorations?
  • How do the words fit the tune?
  • What about the melodic contour? Do all the tunes ascend, descend, or do both?
  • When you have finished, draw some general conclusions about the style of music
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