KOKO - Yiri

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  • KOKO - Yiri
    • Facts
      • West African - Burkina Faso
      • oral tradition (speech)
      • Koko - 6 players
    • Instrumentation
      • Balafon
      • 6 players
      • Donno
      • Dundun
      • Djembe
      • master drummer
    • Texture
      • polyphony
      • heterophony
    • Rhythm
      • voice in triplets (3 against 2)
      • cross-rhythms
      • no clear pulse at beginning
      • polyrhythms
      • repetition
      • complex
      • 4/4 time when pulse
      • syncopated
      • ostinato
      • rhythmic cycles
    • Melody
      • played by balafon
      • short ideas
      • ostinato
      • tremelo (roll)
      • improvised (freestyle)
      • based on pentatonic scale (5)
      • simple
    • Structure
      • ends on a single "ting" on the bell
      • opens with balafons (monophonic)
      • voices (group) added 2nd (heterophonic)
      • call and response
        • voices
        • Melody
          • played by balafon
          • short ideas
          • ostinato
          • tremelo (roll)
          • improvised (freestyle)
          • based on pentatonic scale (5)
          • simple
    • Harmony
      • no key change
      • voices sing same note in unison
        • no harmony
      • no set chords
      • Gb balafon

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