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Features of West African music?
Repitition, improvisation, call and respons, layers.
What does Yiri mean? Why is the piece called this?
Means wood, probably beacause majority of instruments made from wood.
Instrumentation?
Balafons (high and low), djembe and talking drum. Vocals (soloist and chorus)
Structure?
3 sections:
1. intro - balafon solo with tremelo
2. Main - ostinato, clear pulse, balafon solos and choruses. Vocal solo and call and response.
3. Coda - short phrase for balafon. Played 5 times. Drum ostinato interrupted by rests and bell = end.
Melody?
Balafons play short patterns, fall from high to low. Emphasise Gb and Db. Solo breaks making more virtuosic. In chorus sing in unison.
Harmony?
Hexatonic (without F)
Tonality?
Gb major
Rhythm?
Mainly 4/4. Free tempo, maintains steady pulse. Syncopation, cross rhythms. Vocalists use triplets. Drums use ostinato, djembe plays fills.
Texture?
Layered texture, but also monophonic texture in intro. Some heterophonic textures when 2 balafons play different versions of same tune at same time.
Dynamics?
Little variation.