The Pulse

The first 3 have the pulse I am talking about. I have used examples without vocals and the last two are nothing but drumming.

The last two (including a site whose presence stumps me) are the same sort of music, but played without the pulse (the second of the first group and the first of the second group are the same tradition of drumming while the last of the first group and first of the second group are of the same tradition)

Thank you for this generous offer. I have no idea how this will come out on your device. A lot of ink has been spilled on this topic and the two books I am reading now both have brilliant analyses of what is going on. Last night I had an insight listening to the music played in the gym, what I call honky-tonk music or country-western – it has lots in common with African-American music but lacks that pulse and now I think I know why.

(1) Second Line (Joe Avery’s Blues) – Wynton Marsalis Quintet featuring Mark O’Connor and Frank Vignola – YouTube

African Drummers playing Djembe drums in Paris Subway [HD] – YouTube

(1) Fudji, Gangan talking drums – YouTube


(1) West African Drummers: Spirit Beat Drummers at TEDxGreenville – YouTube(1)

Skin that Speaks: the “talking drums” of Nigeria | Michael Varner | TEDxUTA – YouTube

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