African Percussion


by Stefano Fabbri

In Africa music is a ancient language. Nowdays it is still considered part of daily culture: weddings, baptisms, initiation rites are characterized by sounds of percussions making the whole community dancing to it.

We will range over different rhythms from West of Africa (Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso) and we will discover a different meaning of music.
Orality is the main language of this discipline, transforming words in sounds and sounds in rhythms.
Through musical notes we are going to create the melody.

It is an overall music that develops sense of rhythm, musical melody and makes you understand the importance of listening.
The musical instruments the we are going to use are the Djambe, membranophone rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, Low Drums (Kenkeny Sangban and Doundoubà) that are still membranophone instruments but skin-covered on both sides, played with mallets and bells.