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1

How do the drummers in groups perform?

They establish a steady secure beat upon which complex patterns can be added

2

What kind of tempo is used in African rhythms?

It’s fast

3

Give three characteristics of African rhythms

Strong steady pulse, ostinatos and syncopation

4

What are cross rhythms in African rhythms?

An effect created when different or conflicting rhythm patterns are played together

5

What is poly rhythm in African rhythms?

A texture created when two or more different rhythmic patterns are played at the same time

6

Name four rhythmic instruments

Djembes, talking drums, agogo bells and shakere

7

Name two melodic instruments

Marimba and mbira

8

Why are voices often combined with African drumming?

As they add elements of melodic shape and texture

9

Describe a dejmbe

Goblet shaped drums that are played with the hands and can produce a wide variety of timbre, pitch and volume

10

Describe talking drums

Can be squeezed under arm or between knees while being played to tighten the skin and change the pitch. The drums are struck with a stick or beater

11

Describe a shakere

A shaker made with a hollow gourd and beads attached

12

What is a marimba?

A kind of wooden xylophone

13

What’s a mbira?

A thumb piano that has quite a high sound