Joyanna Adams

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Nobody Flashes the Evolution of the BAKA Pygmy Music

Nobody Flashes

I used to study the rhythm of the Pygmies when I was a drummer. They have the MOST complicated rhythmic patterns on earth.

In the first video, you have to TRY to ignore the guy dancing, (I know, it’s hard, he’s got it down doesn’t he?) and listen carefully to the┬ásynchronicity of the singers rhythm, compared to the drummers. It sounds like they are separate, but they are NOT.

VERY hard to do. Very few musicians in the world can do this…but the pygmies do it with ease.

Now, listen to the second video. It’s very soothing, and more rehearsed. I like to say that this is more ‘Westernized’ and some would claim it’s BAKA evolution. Add the guitar and you almost have a latin feel.

So to our ears, it’s MUCH more pleasing and fun. It’s more arranged, and the guy even has a mike. If you have never heard the music of the BAKA pygmy’s then you should at least try it once. I also wonder….Is this where the Hawaiians got the idea for the Hula skirt?

And by the way…I can do that. Really. And no, I’m not showing you.

Enjoy! And by the way, if you think this is weird, you should hear their lullabies. Hippo’s would run.

 

April 21, 2017 Posted by | music, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

   

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