A possible notation for African dance drumming

Moses Serwadda, Hewitt Pantaleoni

Abstract


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.

Keywords


Musical notation -- Africa ; Percussion music -- Africa

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21504/amj.v4i2.782

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