African Drumming Workshop: Ageshe from Ghana
This enhanced ebook gives all you need to learn how to play AGESHE, which is one of the most difficult and exciting drum pieces of the Ewe people of south-east Ghana, played using both hand and stick drumming techniques.
You will discover how to play the drum parts, both supporting and lead, what the rhythms are, and how they fit together. The disk contains practice recording tracks, with computer generated sound files linked to notation, showing exactly what you have to do.
To give a flavour of the authentic music and dance, there is an audio recording and a video of a performance by young people in Ghana.
- Appropriate for mixed ability.
- Includes background cultural information.
Ghana has one of the richest rhythm cultures in the world, with a variety of drum and xylophone music found across the country. Drums are made locally and play local music that links to the local language.
The drum music ‘speaks’ by imitating phrases and tones in language. The dancers (and there is *always* dance) show different aspects of the rhythms in various parts of the body.
So, if you are a musician, you might start with the ‘music’ then have to get to know something of the dance and language to develop your understanding. This integration is such that there is usually no word for the ‘music’. Ageshe is the word for the music/dance and associated meaning.
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Ageshe from Ghana – Download file size: 310Mb
This ebook has embedded video clips. To view these on a computer you need to use Adobe Acrobat/Reader (free). To view these on a tablet you need to use ezPDF Reader (£2.49 or less from the app store).
An easier piece is Kpatsa: