Yiri by Koko

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  • Yiri - Koko
    • West African music
      • TRIC
        • Textured - layered textures
        • Repetition - ostinatos formed
        • Improvisation
        • Call and responce
      • Oral tradition
      • Professional musicians called griots
    • Introduction
      • 'Yiri' means wood
        • All the instruments apart from the bell are made of wood
      • From Burkina Faso
      • The score is transcribed from a recording
      • Performed from memory
      • 6 players
    • Instruments
      • Balafon
        • Similar to xylophone
        • Wooden bars tuned to different pitches
        • Gourds hang beneath bards to make it more resonant
          • Hollow balls of wood with some covered holes in
      • Djembe
        • Shaped like a goblet
        • Drum
        • Played with handss
      • Talking Drum
        • Played with a hooked stick
        • Imitates speech by creating different pitches and slides
      • Vocals
        • Choir
        • Solo male voice
    • Structure
      • 3 sections
        • Introduction
          • Balafon solo
          • Tremolo
        • Main section
          • Drums play ostinato
          • Clear, strong pulse
          • Alternates between balafon solos and choruses
          • Vocal solo in middle
            • Call and response between choir and solo
        • Coda
          • Short balafon phrase
            • Played 5 times with slight variation
          • Drum ostinato interrupted by rests
          • Cowbell to mark the end of the piece
    • Melody, Harmony and Tonality
    • Rhythm, Metre and Tempo
    • Texture and Dynamics

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