Yiri by Koko Yiri by Koko Today you will Recap Yiri by Koko info learnt last lesson. Learn about the instruments used. Learn about the melodies & tonality used.
Where is this music from? The West African country of Burkina Faso Official Language French, but 90% of the population speak tribal languages of the Sudanic family.
Cultural Context Yiri is a native folk music piece from Burkina Faso. Much of the music here is traditional folk music. Yiri is celebration music for bringing a
person out to honour them (usually an older person). Structure Introduction (1st balaphon) Theme (1st balaphon) 12 variation verses(1st balaphon/group
singers/solo tenor) Coda (drums play louder/rhythmic accents/more improvisation) Structure continued The overall structure is strophic (AAAA).
The piece consists of a set of variations over an ostinato. Texture Light Polyphonic
Heterophonic Instruments Used Talking drum a traditional WestAfrican drum. It was originally used to send messages across open plains. Balaphon a wooden xylophone of West Africa.
Cowbell this is only used right at the end of the piece. Singers they sing in unison & use the high tenor range as doe the solo tenor singer.
Melodies & Tonality The music begins in Db major It then quickly moves to Gb melodies moving against a pentatonic ostinato on Db. The tonic is Gb as the melodic phrases consistently end on that note. The music is diatonic.
Dynamics Mostly mezzo forte Crescendos & diminuendos at the beginning. Coda is forte
Tempo Moderate except at the beginning where the tempo is quite free. Lyrics
The lyrics are in a native tribal language & there is no translation currently available.
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