In the United States, and in Western cultures in particular, when we talk about solo xylophone, ragtime music is most likely to be one of the first things that come to mind. There are two important xylophone traditions that come from Africa: Balafon and Gyil. Both are incredible and worth spending exploring. Below is a video of Bassidi and Khalifa Koné from Mali. I have also included a link to a documentary they recorded with their father. Spend some time this week and check these out!
Inside out Steelband Concert on April 21, 2015 in Austin, TX. With guest Artist Khan Cordice. Thanks to CJ Menge, Matt Ehlers and Amy Suggs for doing such a great job on my composition.
The TCU Percussion Ensemble performs “Africa Hocket” by Lane Harder on 4-24-13.
If you are a fan of Temazcal by Javier Alvarez you will love this video. All of the musicians are killer, but make sure to check out the maracas player at 3:16. Thanks to Jonathan Ovalle for sharing this video on Facebook.
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra performing “Specifically” from the album “Jonathan Scales Fourchestra”
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Jonathan Scales – steel pans
Cody Wright – bass
Chaisaray Schenck – drums
What’s your favorite Jonathan Scales tune?
The Ethos Percussion Group performs an excerpt of Duo 77 by Yousif Sheronick. Duo 77, for 2 or more percussionists (instrumentation is open but a guide for frame drummers is included) can be purchased directly from Yousif on his website.