Decca West African recordings

Abena fa mesika bereme

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African Harmony: *Guitar melody is harmonized using: -homophonic parallelism (parallel harmonization using a scalar source applying sequences of scalar clusters or the span process. This can be strict parallelism within the scale or free parallelism) -rhythmic harmony (additional Harmony used to emphasize a note/lyric. For example if a normally monophonic line has a note or two harmonized and then returns to a unison line this is rhythmic harmony. This is also done when a line harmonized using parallel dyads receives additional harmonies briefly.) -pedal notes (note(s) repeated while other notes move above or beneath it) *bass melody on lower strings of the guitar *Homophonic parallelism is applied to the chorus line within the scalar source. *the last harmony of the line is a suspend fourth going down to the 3rd. This shows that the parallel harmonies were applied for as long as possible before resolving when absolutely nessesary.

Posted by Daniel Jones, Researcher on 16/03/2019 03:14:00