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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 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 most fertile musical regions.