Instruments There are similarities in the types of instruments used across the Caribbean islands. The most popular instruments are percussion and drums, different types of guitar and homemade instruments.
Percussion There are many types of drums, including congas (a pair of tall, narrow, single-headed drums played with the hands) and their smaller version known as bongos.
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Soca means ‘soul-calypso’ and is an energetic, disco-influenced offshoot of salsa.
Soca is characterised by:
use of horns and Latin percussion with loud fast percussion beats
very loud bass guitar
repeated chord sequences
rhythmic nonsense words
lyrics about love and partying
Salsa Salsa is a lively style of dance music with African and Spanish influences that originated in Cuba.
Salsa dancing It has:
clave rhythms (usually played by claves), which provide the rhythmic foundation melodic and rhythmic syncopation several one or two bar patterns each played by a different instrument much use of Latin percussion eg bongos, congas, timbales (shallow single-headed drums) and cowbells piano often features strongly rhythm section with a front line of two to five horns simple harmony based on repeated chord patterns, often in the minor key call and response vocals simple melodies followed by coro (improvised sections) lyrics of love and everyday life
Is a much slower form of music than ska which emerged in the 1960s. It is characterised by:
electric guitars and drums line-up amplified bass guitar riffs (short repeated patterns) an association with Rastafarianism (a religious movement worshipping Haile Selassie) characteristic rhythm in 4/4 with missing beat emphasis use of repeated offbeat quavers use of dub remixing techniques where effects such as delay are added simple chord sequences verse and chorus form political themes in lyrics Listen to the reggae song Freedom Fighters by Delroy Washington. Notice the repeated bass line, the rim shots and the bass drum playing on beats 2 and 4.Musical styles – Dominican Republic
Merengue Merengue was originally the national dance of the Dominican Republic and has African and Spanish influences. It is characterised by:
traditional instruments – tambora (a type of double-headed drum), guiro, cuatro, accordion trumpets and saxophones playing an important part a fast 2/4 beat catchy melodies and rhythms syncopated rhythms played by tambora call and response simple harmony – much use of tonic and dominant mambo – instrumental interludes slick choreographed stage presentation lyrics of love and everyday life
The Caribbean islands lie in a chain from the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south. Central in the chain are the largest islands of Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Most of the Caribbean population are descendants of West African slaves and settlers from Europe, India and China. The music of the Caribbean differs from island to island, but each kind has its origins in a mixture of African and European influences.
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