#workinprogress videos

This new composition (we’re practicing the solo section here…) is based on Bolokonondo, one of our favourite from the Dununba “family” of rhythms. It flows in a hip 7 measure cycle in 12/8 time. Although it’s not featured here, we also came up with a quirky melody on this (a tune that’s also full of space to let the music breathe and the rhythm stand out), and the harmony is loosely inspired by a general Weather Report vibe, with a fair dose of 7b9 and 7alt chords šŸ™‚

New tune by AfuriKo inspired by Agahu, a deep rhythm originally created by the Egun speaking people of Ketonu. We have two sections so far: an African sounding melody originally written by Akiko on balafon, and a contrasting funky bit harmonized by Jim.

Adzolowoe is a song traditionally sung by the Ewe people of Ghana. It’s related to a rhythm called Atsia. However, we chose to combine it with one of the Dununba rhythms instead, which stem from the Hamanah region in Guinea. The particular rhythmic pattern that Akiko orchestrated on her set is a three bar cycle in 12/8, so we had to slightly adjust the melody to make it fit.

For this opening section, Jim chose to harmonize the melody with quintal voicings (chords based on perfect fifths), which gives it strength, assertiveness, and connectedness to the Earth element. These characteristics happen to suit the lyrics very well: the message is about persevering in one’s own path, and not minding other people bragging, talking negatively or gossipingā€¦ The pitches in the melody form a D minor pentatonic, which reinforces the choice of 5ths for the harmony.