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Large maraca-like shakers
Idiophone which makes a soft sound, like water and bells. Used during ceremonies.
General class of instruments which is usually known for plucked tongues or keys mounted on a soundboard. Sometimes known as 'thumb pianos.'
Shona religious ceremony involving spiritual possession.
Nonsemantic syllables that are sung. AKA 'nonsense syllables.'
Practice of fitting pitches and beats into the space of other parts, or alternating pitches to create a whole.
The whole created by alternating pitches with others
The alternation of leader and chorus musical parts OR of a vocal and instrumental part.
A repeated or cyclic melodic pattern
Parts that must be in place for a performance to go forward
Equally essential parts that include clapped patterns, vocal lines, high mbira melodies, bass variations, and dancing.
General Characteristic of African Music
General Characteristic of African Music
General Characteristic of African Music
General Characteristic of African Music
General Characteristic of African Music
General Characteristic of African Music
'To lead the piece.' Verb. Lead part played by a mbira player.
'To accompany.' Verb. The second accompaniment played by a second mbira player.
Pygmy ceremony for the forest. Also the name for a straight, valveless trumpet used in this ceremony.
Pygmy puperty ceremony. Women are main singers.
'Ordinary people' of Mande societies.
Craft specialists in Mande societies. Includes musicians.
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Term for a hereditary professional musician in Mande society. Serves as oral historian and performer.
Basic sung melody of Mande Jali songs
Speechlike vocal pattern of Mande jalolu.
Mande xylophone
Mande bridge harp
Mande five string lute with banjo-like skin face
Basic instrumental ostinato. Serves as the foundation for Mande jali performance.
Instrumental interlude or break during which a Mande jali departs from the classic ostinato.
Ewe tradition with two types of dancing for processions: leisurely, and vigorous styles with drum accompaniment.
Double bell in Ewe drums which often plays a repeated ostinato within a 12 beat cycle
An Ewe ground shaker gourd that fulfills a similar roll to the double bell
Large drums used by Ewe lead drummers to create music from a repertory of established and improvised patterns.
Middle sized Ewe drums which serve as a chorus and play in a call and response pattern
Smallest Ewe drum which plays a single repeated ostanato
Title of Buganda king
Instrument comman at Bugandan court which was a twenty-two key xylophone.
Most important royal ensemble. Consisted of twelve drums carefully graded in size and tuned to a pentatonic scale.
One of two distinct melodic rhythmic parts. Means 'To start'
One of two distinct melodic rhythmic parts. Means 'to divide'
Form of urban-popular dance-based music of Ghana, Nigeria, and other parts of West Africa.
Form of Nigerian popular music associated with the Yoruba which combines electric instruments with indigenous drums and percussion.
 

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