Arranging African Drumming for Performance

The following is adapted from “Developing an African Drumming Program for Your Music Classroom,” created by ThisWorldMusic in partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This is the third in a series of three installments on arranging for an...

Oral Tradition and Community

Spent a most edifying evening this past Friday with my friend and colleague Anthony Douglass discussing Ewe music and history. He played me some amazing recordings he’d made years ago of his Ghanaian teacher singing traditional Ewe songs and decoding their...

Orchestration in African Drumming

                As anyone who has performed with a symphony orchestra or chorus can attest, it is no fun having to count through multi-measure rests, only to play or sing a single phrase (or note), followed by more counting,...

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