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Using a combination of hand and sticks, drummer Aziz Faye demonstrates playing the sabar and djembe.

Aziz uses drums to communicate with people, certain rhythmic patterns are associated with a specific person or family.

Patterns can be used as cues by the musicians to switch from one section of a piece to the next. Over a field recording of a performance by a percussion and dance group in Senegal, Aziz explains how the performers 'share their happiness with the world'.
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10 June 2009

Classroom Ideas

Each student should invent their own personal 'rhythm name' based loosely on the rhythm pattern created by their own name when spoken. These patterns should be shared with the rest of the class and recorded. A listening test can follow where the name patterns are played back in random order and students have to identify as many of their classmates' rhythm names as possible.

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