Exploring Polyrhythms through Ghanaian Drumming
In fourth grade general music, students have been learning about the cultural and historical roots of Ghanaian drumming traditions. After learning about the Ewe people and their culture, students learned how to play the grooves of the Gankogui (two bells with different pitches), Axatse (rattle-like percussion instrument), as well as Sogo, Kidi, and Kagan (different-sized drums that have various functions in the ensemble). Students have learned how the various rhythms associated with each instrument interlock to create an intricate polyrhythm, specific to Ghana. In the coming weeks, we will add Gahu choreography to our drumming!