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Description of Traditional's tunes Show me the tune descriptions
All compositions, ©1996-2008, Traditional. All rights reserved
151 compositions listed 
Abakua (120 bpm)
Midi arrangement of Abakua, a rhythm of a secret men's society in Cuba. According to Robert Farris Thompson in "Flash of the Spirit" it was brought to Cuba during the slave trade from the Calabar region where it was the rhythm of the leopard society of the Negbe people. We list this rhythm at several different tempos since it's character changes when the tempo is changed.
Abakua (180 bpm)

Abakua (220 bpm)

Abakua (260 bpm)

Abakua - Bell
Abakua - Cowbell
Abakua - High rhythm
Abakua - low drum part
Low drum part for the Abakua ensemble rhythm.
Abakua - Middle rhythm #1
Abakua - Shekere
Aconcon (100 bpm)
Rhythm from The Rhythm Catalog contributed by Nigel Jacobs. You can find the notation there. Played at 100 bpm.
Aconcon (120 bpm)
Aconcon (140 bpm)
Aconcon (160 bpm)
Aconcon - Bell
Aconcon - DjunDjun
Aconcon - High drum
Aconcon - Low drum
Acpala - High drum 1 and 2
Acpala - Low drum
Acpala - Middle drum
Battle Hymn of The Republic
Chord progression for the "Battle Hymn Of The Republic". This melody was originally named "John Brown's Body" and was a familiar song during the American Civil War. Julia Ward Howe wrote a new lyric for the song in 1861, which was later given the title Battle Hymn of The Republic when the lyrics were published in Atlantic Monthly in 1862.
Bembe Shango (200 bpm)
Bembe Shango at 200 beats per minute.
Bembe Shango (260 bpm)
Bembe Shango at 260 beats per minute.
Bembe Shango (340 bpm)
Bembe Shango at 340 beats per minute.
Bembe Shango (450 bpm)
Bembe Shango at 450 beats per minute.
Bembe Shango (600 bpm)
Bembe Shango at 600 beats per minute.

Bembe Shango - Bell playing three-four-one pattern
Bembe Shango - Cowbell playing Short Bell pattern
Bembe Shango - High drum
Bembe Shango - Low drum
Bembe Shango - Middle drum
Bin Tin
A 6/4 rhythm from Ghana's Acon tribe. In each cycle of this rhythm you can feel a cycle of 6 beats and a cycle of 4 beats playing at the same time.

Bintin - Double bell
Bintin - Hi part
Bintin - Low part
Bintin - Medium part 1
Bintin - Medium part 2
Bintin - Shekere
Blues Boogie
This is a C Blues chord accompaniment which uses the rhythmic figures typical of boogie woogie that are frequently used in Black Gospel music.

The Boogie woogie style is played in 4/4 with each beat divided in 3 . In this kind of figuration, the chord to be played is broken into two parts. The left hand continually plays the root and fifth of the chord on the last third of each beat as a lead-in to a repeated 4 beat sequence of intervals which is played with stronger emphasis on the beat. On the first beat the right hand plays the major third and perfect fifth. On the second beat, the right hand plays the perfect fourth and major sixth. On the third beat, it plays the perfect fifth and minor seventh. On the fourth beat, it plays the perfect fourth and major sixth again. This oscillating sequence of intervals intrerlocking with the repeated root to perfect fifth interval in the left hand outlines a dominant 7th chord.

In this blues, the pattern visits the chords C7, F7 and G7 in the usual twelve bar blues form: C7 C7 C7 C7 F7 F7 C7 C7 G7 F7 C7 C7

Blues Boogie - alternate

This is a C Blues chord accompaniment which uses the rhythmic figures typical of boogie woogie that are frequently used in Black Gospel music. This is a variation on the basic blues boogie.

This boogie variant changes the left hand figure played on the last third of the fourth beat that leads into beat one of the next measure. Instead of playing the two note interval consisting of the chord root and perfect fifth, on this fourth beat lead in, the piano player plays the root and flatted fifth with the left hand and adds at the same time the minor third in the right hand. This interval provides the blue notes usually expected in a blues which slide into the major third and perfect fifth used throughout the rest of the figure.

In this blues, the pattern visits the chords C7, F7 and G7 in the usual twelve bar blues form: C7 C7 C7 C7 F7 F7 C7 C7 G7 F7 C7 C7

Bomba
A version of the Bomba rhythm from Puerto Rico.

Bomba - Bell
Bomba - Clave
Bomba - High drum
Bomba - Low drum
Bomba - Middle drum
Bricamo (120 bpm)
Rhythm of a secret women's society from Cuba. Listed at several different tempos so you can hear the different moods induced by the different tempos.
Bricamo (200 bpm)
Bricamo (260 bpm)

Bricamo (300 bpm)

Bricamo - Bell
Bricamo - drum 2
Bricamo -drum 1
Comparsa
An Afro-Cuban rhythm played at Carnival. It has lots of parts so that anyone who drops in can play along.

Comparsa - Bell chorus
Comparsa - Hi drum 1
Comparsa - Hi drum 2
Comparsa - Low drum
Comparsa - Middle drum
Comparsa - Timbales
Cool 200
Very cool sounding rhythm. It is indeed!

Cumbia
This is the rhythm for the popular Colombian dance form called Cumbia. Cumbia started as the local dance music of the Black community of the Atlantic coast of Colombia. It has become a dominant pop music form in Northern South America. See All About Cumbia for more info.

Cumbia - Bell part
Cumbia - clave
Cumbia - High part
Cumbia - Low part
Cumbia - Middle part
Dununha (150 bpm)
Traditional dance from Guinea.
Dununha (200 bpm)
Dununha (240 bpm)

Dununha (300 bpm)

Dununha (350 bpm)

Dununha - Djembe first part
Dununha - Djembe second part
Dununha - Djembe third part
Dununha - Djun djun part
Dununha - Lead part
Dununha - Shekere part
Fanga
A Liberian welcome rhythm. When a drummer plays the low part of this rhythm, he mimes the action of a cook pulling hot pieces of food from a steaming pot. Dinner will be served!

Fanga - Bell 1 part
Fanga - Bell 2 part
Fanga - Djun djun part
Fanga - High part
Fanga - Low part
Fanga - Middle part
Gahu (180 bpm)
Rhythm of the Ewe people from Ghana.
Gahu (220 bpm)

Gahu (260 bpm)

Gahu - Bell part
Gahu - High part
Gahu - Middle part
Gahu - Shaker part
Gahu -Low part
Jesse Malanga - Bell part
Jesse Malanga - High part
Jesse Malanga - Low part
Jesse Malanga - Middle part
Jesse Malanga - Second High part
Jessie Malanga
A cool Congolese dance rhythm.

Kaki Lambe (100 bpm)

Senegalese rhythm popular with American djembe players. Played at 100 beats per minute.

Contributed by Richard Darsie (darsie@cs.ucdavid..edu) to   The Rhythm Catalog where you can find the rhythm notated.

Kaki Lambe (120 bpm)
Kaki Lambe played at 120 beats per minute.
Kaki Lambe (140 bpm)
Kaki Lambe played at 140 beats per minute.
Kaki Lambe (160 bpm)
Kaki Lambe (180 bpm)
Kaki Lambe - Bell part
Kaki Lambe - Djun djun part
Kaki Lambe - high part
Kaki Lambe - Low part
Kaki Lambe - Middle part
KpanLogo
The Ga tribe of Ghana uses this rhythm at parties. It's very tricky to play and lots of fun to dance to.

Kpanlogo - bass drum part
Kpanlogo - bell part
Kpanlogo - Double bell part
Kpanlogo - First middle part
Kpanlogo - High part
Kpanlogo - Low part
Kpanlogo - Second middle part
Kpanlogo - Shaker part
Linjen (200 bpm)
A West African rhythm played frequently by American djembe players.
Linjen (250 bpm)
Linjen (290 bpm)
Long Bell
The long bell pattern is a timeline pattern of seven hits that fits in a six beat cycle. The pattern begins with 4 hits on the beat. It then skips to play 3 hits on the offbeats of beats 4, 5, and 6.

The effect of the rhythm is to visit the onbeats for a little bit more than half of the cycle and then the offbeats for a little less than half of the cycle. Since there are more onbeat hits than offbeat and since it is usually played by a bell, this is called the Long Bell pattern.

Its relative, the Short Bell pattern, visits 3 onbeats followed by 4 off beats.

Macuta
This is an arrangement of an Afro-Cuban bembe rhythm.

Macuta - Bell part
Macuta - High part
Macuta - Low part
Macuta - Middle part
Mahi
This is an arrangement of a 6/8 Haitian drum rhythm. This is a complicated 5 part pattern whose parts spread out and then converge at one point in the cycle to pulse like a huge heartbeat.

Mahi, 80 bpm
Mahii ensemble rhythm at 80 beats per minute
Makanda
A great Haitian rhythm. You can feel it!

Mayee
This is a rhythm exercise where I'm using three parts of the Haitian rhythm Mayee (sometimes spelled Mahi, or Mayi), and trying to do something melodic with it. This rhythm is very deep. I barely scratched its surface.
Composed in 1992.

Mboshi
A Congolese rhythm in 6/8 time.

Merengue
Merengue is the national dance rhythm of the Dominican Republic. See More about Merengue....

Nokobe (120 bpm)
Traditional rhythm of the Ewe people of Ghana.
Nokobe (160 bpm)

Nokobe (200bpm)
Nokobe (220 bpm)
Nokobe (300 bpm)
Nokobe (320 bpm)

Plena
This is the rhythm for Plena, the satirical song form from the Puerto Rican lowlands. See About Bomba and Plena" for more info.

Rumba Guaguanco
Rumba Guaguanco is one of the popular dance styles of Cuba. See history of the guaguanco from SalsaRoots.com.
Rumba Guaguanco - high drum part
High drum part of the Rumba Guaguanco ensemble rhythm.
Rumba Guaguanco - low drum part
Low drum part of the Rumba Guaguanco ensemble rhythm.
Rumba Guaguanco - medium drum part
Medium drum part of the Rumba Guaguanco ensemble rhythm
Rumba Guaguanco -stick part
Stick part for the Rumba Guaguanco ensemble rhythm
Rumba Guaguanco- clave part
Clave part of the Rumba Guaguanco ensemble rhythm
Shiko
Traditional Nigerian rhythm.

Shiko - fast version
Shiko rhythm played fast.

Short Bell
The short bell pattern is a timeline pattern of seven hits that fits in a six beat cycle. The pattern begins with 3 hits on the beat. It then skips to play 4 hits on the offbeats of beats 3, 4, 5, and 6.

The effect of the rhythm is to visit the onbeats for a little bit less than half of the cycle and then the offbeats for a little more than half of the cycle. Since there are fewer onbeat hits than offbeat and since it is usually played by a bell, this is called the Short Bell pattern.

Its relative, the Long Bell pattern, visits 4 onbeats followed by 3 off beats.

Zepaula
A Congolese dance rhythm.


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