African Drumming Workshop: Kpatsa from Ghana by Trevor Wiggins and Johnson Kemeh
Use this enhanced ebook to learn to play Kpatsa, one of the easier pieces from West Africa, using hand drums like Djembe. You will discover how to play a drum to get different sounds, what the rhythms are, and how they fit together.
The ebook contains a recording and video of performances in Ghana – so you can see the dance as well. There are also practice recording tracks linked to notation to show you exactly what you have to do.
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’. Kpatsa is the word for the music/dance and associated meaning.
What do others think about this ebook?
‘a useful resource for music teachers . . . well worth buying for use in the classroom … will lead you to a detailed understanding of the music. . . . Throughout the PDF are hyperlinks to sound and video clips.’ Music Teacher magazine, Feb 08
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Learn Kpatsa or Ageshe from GhanaA more difficult drum piece is Ageshe: