What is the background of this music?
- Music from 'Sub-Saharan' Africa
- Used in africa for communication --> marriage, funerals etc.
- Taught by Oral Tradition
Who are Yiri?
- 'Koko' are from Burkina Faso
- There are 6 members of the group
What Instruments are used?
Djembe (single headed)
DunDun (played with sticks)
Donno (talking drum)
Kagan ( barrel shaped drum)
1st - high pitched, used in intro, 2nd - lower pitch, joins in main section
KORA - 21 strings
MBIRA - thumb piano
Call and Response, Master Drummers lead
- What is the time signature ? 4/4
- Tonality? Gb major
- Dynamics? Little dynamic variation
- Texture/Timbre? build during piece
- How is this peice Happy? upbeat, major key, fast rhythms
- Harmony ? Hexatonic harmony (6 notes)
Form - Intro
Describe the intro?
Balafon Solo, Monophonic Texture, Free Tempo
Describe the main section?
2nd Balafon joins, Drumming in Ostinato --> resultant rhythm
occasional drop out of drums for contrast, Short balafon breaks between choruses
1st and 2nd balafon - high + low pitched ostinati +heterophonic texture
Describe vocal line?
Based on pentatonic scale (5 notes), Begins in unison --> vocal response
Triplets in solo vocal part, Chorus: Vocal in unison
Balafon played varied sequence 5 times signalling the end, Also rest in drumming
What is played at the end? ting of Agogo bell