How is melody and rhythm used in some Ghanaian music?

How is melody and rhythm used in some Ghanaian music?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will explore the musical features of two songs from Ghana which have rhythmic accompaniments.


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5 Questions

What is a griot?
Correct answer: It is a person who communicates stories through generations by an oral tradition.
It is a specific type of song, that is taught through an oral tradition.
It is another name for a drummer, who teaches music.
How do you become a griot?
You can apply to be a griot when you are old enough.
You can volunteer to be a griot at any age.
Correct answer: You have to be born a griot. It is inherited.
At what occasion would music not usually be played?
Correct answer: When dinner is ready
What is an oral tradition?
Correct answer: The passing of information from generation to generation.
The passing of information from one community to another.
The tradition of only singing and not talking.
What is western notation?
A grid that contains symbols and shapes showing us where to play the notes.
Correct answer: A system of visually represented music we hear on a stave using various symbols.
A tradition whereby music is learned by call and response.

5 Questions

What does 'Mede brebre masi ta' mean?
I don't like slow walkers
I go quickly, I walk quickly
Correct answer: I go slowly, I walk slowly
What would western musicians say the time signature of Mede brebre masi ta was?
Correct answer: 6/8
Is this song strictly 'a cappella'?
No - It is a for singers and a band
Correct answer: No - It is spoken but there is a drum accompaniment
Yes - it is just for vocalists
What is a polyrhythm?
Two instruments playing the same rhythm at the same time
Two rhythms that interweave with each other
Correct answer: Two rhythms with different pulses played at the same time
What is a cyclic rhythm?
A rhythm that changes after 2 bars
A rhythm that changes after 4 bars
A rhythm that doesn’t change
Correct answer: A rhythm that repeats or loops

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UnitMusic / West African Music