African Music Glossary

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Djembe
Goblet-shaped drum from West Africa.
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Donno
Hourglass-shaped "talking drum" held under the arm and played with the hand.
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Dundun
Double headed drum played with sticks.
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Cross-rythums
Rythums that literallly cross the usual pattern of accented and unaccented beat creating irregular accents and syncopated effects.
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Polyrythmic tradition
A texture made up of many different rythms.
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Tone Language
In African music, languages made up of only a few pitches called tone languages. The pitch level dtermines the meaning of the word.
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Membranophones
Category of instruments that have a drum stick (membrane)
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Vocables
Effects made by the voice, using voal sounds such as "eh"
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Heterophonic
A musical texture in which several parts play the same melodic part but with slight difference in pitch.
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Monophonic
A musical texture of a single melodic line with no accompaniment.
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Oral tradition
Music that is learnt by listening and repeating, and passed on orally from generation to generation, (without being writlen down in traditional notation).
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Hourglass-shaped "talking drum" held under the arm and played with the hand.

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Donno

Card 3

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Double headed drum played with sticks.

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Card 4

Front

Rythums that literallly cross the usual pattern of accented and unaccented beat creating irregular accents and syncopated effects.

Back

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Card 5

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A texture made up of many different rythms.

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