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Native Instruments West Africa

DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA features percussion instruments

including djembe, dunun and bells, which can be used in the ensemble.

Additionally included are the calabash and krin, which can be used as

solo instruments. Pitched instruments recreate the unique melodies of

the kora, ngoni, bolon, balafon, and fula flute.

The sounds of each instrument have been carefully sampled in high

detail, with the possibility to change between traditional and

chromatic scales for pitched instruments. WEST AFRICA is an authentic

and easy-to-use tool for producing modern rhythms with timeless

traditional sounds.

The roots and conventions of West African music involve a number of

instruments playing together to produce complex polyrhythmic textures.

DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA allows for the easy recreation of

traditional ensemble playing with one touch of the play button.

The included 74 pre-programmed ensemble patterns give you instant

access to stunning rhythms and melodies, easily triggered with one

key, while another key triggers additional solos, fills, and single

hits. The percussion patterns are also fully customizable with a

visual pattern based sequencer and groove controls. When used within a

host, the internal sequencer can be synchronized with the tempo and

song position.

African musical traditions and West African percussion in particular

have long been accepted as the roots of many contemporary musical

styles. The influence of African music is felt in the rhythms and

motifs of blues, rock, soul, funk, hip-hop, disco and house. In 2011,

African music has become a source of genuine creative inspiration for

forward-thinking producers across the globe.

Renowned producers and musicians from some of the world�s biggest

bands have forged strong links with West African music and musicians,

while cutting-edge artists producing house, techno, dubstep and UK

funky draw directly from the percussive power of the region. West

African artists are also seeing a rise in popularity in Europe and the

US, with a new generation of fans exploring the musical cultures of

one of the world�s most fertile musical regions.