How is melody and rhythm used in some Ghanaian music?

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

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is a griot?

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Q2.How do you become a griot?

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Q3.At what occasion would music not usually be played?

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Q4.What is an oral tradition?

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Q5.What is western notation?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is a griot?

1/5

Q2.How do you become a griot?

2/5

Q3.At what occasion would music not usually be played?

3/5

Q4.What is an oral tradition?

4/5

Q5.What is western notation?

5/5

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Performing melodies and rhythms from Ghanaian music

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What does 'Mede brebre masi ta' mean?

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Q2.What would western musicians say the time signature of Mede brebre masi ta was?

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Q3.Is this song strictly 'a cappella'?

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Q4.What is a polyrhythm?

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Q5.What is a cyclic rhythm?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Performing melodies and rhythms from Ghanaian music

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What does 'Mede brebre masi ta' mean?

1/5

Q2.What would western musicians say the time signature of Mede brebre masi ta was?

2/5

Q3.Is this song strictly 'a cappella'?

3/5

Q4.What is a polyrhythm?

4/5

Q5.What is a cyclic rhythm?

5/5

Lesson summary: How is melody and rhythm used in some Ghanaian music?

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