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Which instruments are used in this set work?
Balafon—similar to a xylophone (there are two—the second is lower in pitch), djembe—played with the hands, donno—hour-glass shaped ‘talking drum’, and a dundun—double headed drum played with sticks, and an agogo to play the last beat.
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How is this song learnt?
Through oral tradition.
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Describe the structure of this set work.
Solo balafon, 2nd balafon joins in, drums join in, Chorus 1—voices in unison, Short instrumental break, Chorus 2 —voices in unison, Call and response vocal sections with instrumental breaks, Chorus again, Coda, a single agogo beat finishes the song.
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What is the general metre of this piece?
4/4, yet the set work does not begin with a set metre, and there are other exceptions.
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What kind of a scale is this set work based on?
Hexatonic (6-note).
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Which key does this set work appear to be in?
G♭ major.
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Describe the texture of this piece.
The piece mainly uses a layered texture, yet the introduction has a monophonic texture. When the balafons play in octaves, a heterophonic texture is created.
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Which different rhythmic features are used in this piece?
Syncopation is used frequently throughout, especially in the vocals and balafon parts. Rhythmic ostinatos are created by the drums and continue throughout the whole piece. The ostinato consists of a quaver and then 2 semi-quavers that are repeated.
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