How does the kora music take two rhythms and make them into one?
How does the music for the kora in Moving Away combine two rhythms from different places?
In Moving Away, if you listen to the music played by the two koras, you can hear that there’s a repeated pattern, like a riff. Here’s the second kora, playing from near the beginning of the song.
In this repeated pattern, the main rhythm is the same from one bar to the next. Try going to the Explorer to see if you can find this same rhythm being played by other instruments.
The bass also plays a repeated pattern. Here’s the bass part on its own at the beginning of Moving Away.
If you listen again to the kora playing, you can hear that the kora’s using the rhythm from the bass. Apart from the long notes in the bass part, the two have the same rhythm.
Here’s the bass and kora playing together.
But the kora’s rhythm is slightly different from the bass. It’s also using another rhythm, the SoundJunction seed rhythm.
If you listen again carefully to the kora part at the top of this page, you can hear that Tunde gives an accent to some notes – they’re louder, stronger. These accents are part of the Kora’s pattern, and they’re the same accents as in the seed rhythm.
Here’s the seed rhythm and the kora playing together.
What the kora’s music does is to mix the rhythm from the bass part with the accents from the seed rhythm to make up the rhythm in the kora’s repeated pattern.
Playing with different rhythms