Decca West African recordings

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African harmony: *homophonic parallelism is sang using parallel 5ths by both the lead singer and the chorus. This is combined with unisons for specific phrases. *It is often viewed that in the arabic bands of Africa that harmony is not used. This example shows that homophonic parallelism in the use of unisons, 4ths and 5ths are used deliberately. This is most likely due to the retention of ancient African harmonic practices.

Posted by Daniel Jones, Researcher on 16/03/2019 23:18:00