Monday, May 9, 2011

Listening Identification

Bachata - Dominican Republic
High-pitched electric guitar playing single notes
Güira scraper
Romantic, tears-in-your-beer lyrics

Ska - Jamaica (1960s)
Skank rhythm - Upbeat emphasized, especially on piano, organ, or horns

Reggae - Jamaica (1970s-1980s)
Slower than ska
Skank rhythm on upbeat on guitar
Complex bass lines

Dub - Jamaica (1970s and 1980s)
A kind of reggae
Almost entirely instrumental
Lots of echo/reverb
Instruments slide in and out of the mix

Nyabinghi - Jamaica
Slow "heartbeat" rhythm
Multiple percussion
Many voices together

Steel pan - Trinidad
Umm... a lot of steel pans

Rara - Haiti
Many horns, each playing one note at different times to make a melody
Backing percussion

Afro-Peruvian Music
Sometimes other percussion, including quijada, cajita, and cowbell

Champeta - Colombia
Guitar-driven African music
Synthesized dog barks and laser blasts

Dem Bow - Jamaica/Puerto Rico
Listen here, examples 1 and 6

Reggaetón - Puerto Rico
Dem Bow
Changing snares
Spanish language

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hip Hop

Block Party: from the documentary "80 Blocks from Tiffany's"

Breaking - NYC Breakerz vs. Rock Steady Crew, from "Beat Street"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Theft of Carnaval

A video of Río's Carnaval in the "Sambódromo" - take it for the visuals, not the dodgy historical content:

A "pagode": neighborhood samba

Samba for export: "Embassadress of Samba" Carmen Miranda: