Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Batá drumming of the Oru Seco: Its tradition, and adaptability for drum set
by Erskine, Greg, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 55; 1466203
Abstract (Summary)

This paper examines the sacred batá drumming of the Lucumí, an African-based religion found in Cuba. Through transcriptions and analysis an attempt will be made to explain the systematic musical structure and complex rules present in Lucumí music. This paper also explores the techniques required to play batá drums, and breakdowns the challenging aspects of the music. Finally, this paper demonstrates how batá music can be utilized in a Western context, through exploring adaptations for drum set.

A variety of sources were used to gain the necessary information about Lucumí culture and music: books and dissertations written by ethnomusicologists, interviews and lessons with Lucumí initiates, and recordings of batá ceremonies and performances.

Through this paper, I hope to provide a fresh approach to drum set performance, which is relevant because Afro-Cuban influence has already become present in many modern music styles.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Briggs, Ray
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, Cultural anthropology, Music
Publication Number: 1466203
ISBN: 978-1-109-16789-4
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