A possible notation for African dance drumming

  • Moses Serwadda
  • Hewitt Pantaleoni State University College, Oneonta
Keywords: Musical notation -- Africa, Percussion music -- Africa


It has long been recognized that Western musical notation is less than a satisfactory vehicle for recording African dance drumming. The symbols impose a fairly standardized Western interpretation that cannot be avoided, and they are incapable of expressing the life blood of African drumming, which is its timbre. A new system is needed, one without Western connotations and capable of indicating the quality of the sound, at least approximately.
How to Cite
Serwadda, M., and H. Pantaleoni. “A Possible Notation for African Dance Drumming”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 4, no. 2, June 1968, pp. 47-52, doi:https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v4i2.782.