What is the difference between the Djembe and the Conga?This essay must include both visual and audio examples.
We are concluding our summer session. Please look out for assignments on Mondays throughout August. Our final exam will be in 3 sections. It is imperative you complete each section. Section One: Create a list of as many (or all) traditional/acoustic African instruments not included in this summer session course. Hint, we skipped several, please… Continue reading Final Exam (Part One)
The Dunun is an African drum that can provide a low frequency, comparable to what western music calls a “bass drum,” to your ensemble. This particular drum comes from West Africa.
This week our assignment is the most challenging so far. Fortunately it only require your ears. Please listen to music with Swahili language/lyrics. By the end of the week, you should be familiar with this language. We won’t expect you to be able to speak it of course. Swahili is spoken in East Africa
This week you should spend some time learning the difference between the beautiful Kora (harp) instrument and the African lute(s). The latter is a predecessor to the guitar. After you become familiar with the differences, decide which instrument you want to play. Feel free to play both. Kora music
This week we will become familiar with the mother of all percussion shakers. The shekere comes from West Africa. It is very popular all over the world, influencing Latin music as well as jazz.
This week your assignment is to choregraph a dance routine featuring at least one recognizable dance move from Africa. Traditional or modern African dance. This link is to Ghana Dance Ensemble. I encourage you to go all over the continent to find inspiration. Your routine should accompany a 3+ minute song. Enjoy!
Next week we will take a field trip and do something a little different. Please check the syllabus Monday morning. In the meantime please review these questions covering the last three weeks. The answers are found on the post (click links) but as in every case, use your own resources. The Zimbabwean marimba is often… Continue reading African Music Studies Quiz #2
Pan African Orchestra Nana Danso Abiam This week we are in Ghana. Use this opportunity learn as much as you want about traditional Ghanaian music.