Foli – There is no movement without rhythm


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  1. brightfella says:

    Thanks for sharing this preciosity of African culture!

    From Wikipedia: “Rhythm (from Greek ῥυθμός, rhythmos, “any regular recurring motion, symmetry” (Liddell and Scott 1996)) generally means a “movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions” (Anon. 1971, 2537). This general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time can apply to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything from microseconds to millions of years.

    In the performance arts rhythm is the timing of events on a human scale; of musical sounds and silences, of the steps of a dance, or the meter of spoken language and poetry.”

    My own definition applied to Music could be “the management of the time dimension”.
    As opposed to the African tradition, in traditional Western music rhythm is not based on relatively constant beats, but much more varied whthin a single piece of music.


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