Yiri

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Melody/Harmony/Tonality

  • The balafons play short patterns that fall from high to low.
  • It is in the key of G flat major.
  • During the choruses, the group sings together, and much like the balafons, sings short falling phrases to emphasise the G flat and D flat notes.
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Structure

  • Intro - balafon solo
  • Main Section - Drums and call and response
  • Coda- Short phrase for balafon
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Instrumentation

  • Djembe
  • Balafon
  • Talking drum
  • Vocals
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Rhythm, Metre and Tempo

  • Main metre is 4/4
  • Syncopation is used frequently
  • Triplets are used by the vocal soloist.
  • Cross rhythms
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Texture and Dynamics

  • Intro has a monophonic texture.
  • The rest has a layered texture and there is very little variety in dynamics.
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