The Drums of Vodou

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941677165
  • Publisher: White Cliffs Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/1993
  • Series: Performance in World Music Series , #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Foreword 9
Preface 11
Ch. 1 Social and Historical Context 17
The Historical Context of Vodou 17
Revolution and the Making of a Vodou Culture 18
Burning the Drums: Anti-Vodou Campaigns 19
The Folkloric Movement 20
Vodou Drumming in New York 21
The Religious Context 21
The Belief System 21
The Servants, the Temple, the Rites 25
Ch. 2 The Instruments 29
Physical Characteristics 29
Drums 30
The Rada Battery 32
The Petwo Battery 33
The Kongo Timbal 35
Rare and Obsolete Drums 36
Vodou Drums in New York 38
The Ogan, or Iron Gong 40
Sacred Rattles: The Ason and the Tchatcha 41
Miscellaneous Instruments 42
The Lanbi: Conch Trumpet of the Sea God 42
Petwo Sounds: The Whistle and the Whip 43
Spiritual Characteristics 44
Outo, the Spirit of the Drums 44
Rituals for the Drums 45
Baptism 46
The Journey to Ife 46
The Role of Drums in Spirit Possession 47
Ch. 3 The Rhythms 49
General Features 49
Pulse and the Time Span 49
Meter, Polymeter, or None of the Above 51
Tempo 51
Form 52
The Cyclical Nature of Vodou Rhythm 52
Breaking the Cycle: The Kase 52
Technique and Timbre 53
Tuning 54
Notating the Vodou Rhythmic Patterns 55
Analysis of the Rhythms 59
Yanvalou 59
Transcriptions of the Rhythms 62
Ch. 4 Song and Dance 92
Song 92
Spiritual Considerations 92
The Origins of Songs 92
Song Specialists and the Choir 93
The Sacred Texts 93
Physical Characteristics 94
Scale 95
Phrasing 95
Call-and-Response Form 96
Meter 98
Dance 102
Origins of the Dances 102
Classification 103
Ritual Function 104
Descriptions of the Dances 104
Ch. 5 On Becoming a Master Drummer 109
Ch. 6 Conclusion 113
Notes 117
Glossary 120
Notes on the Spelling of Kreyol Words 122
Bibliography 123
Discography 125
Filmography 125
Index 126
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