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Vocal percussion

Vocal percussion is the art of creating sounds with one's mouth that approximate, imitate, or otherwise serve the same purpose as a percussion instrument, whether in a group of singers, an instrumental ensemble, or solo.

In Western music

Recent musicological research points at Brazilian songwriter and musician Marcos Valle as a pioneer of vocal percussion. In the track "Mentira" from his 1973 album "Previsao do Tempo", Valle emulates a drum kit with his voice by performing one repeating pattern and one fill.

Vocalist and musician Wes Carroll pioneered a strain of vocal percussion most commonly used in acapella music that he calls "Mouth drumming" the art of vocally mimicing a drum kit. a vocal percussion style also used by artist such as, Dave Baumgartner, Jeff Thacher, Nick Girard, Indra, Jeff Smith and Jake Moulton as well as many other acapella artists and groups.

Beatboxing an artform pioneered by rapper Doug E. Fresh, is one school of vocal percussion, originating in hip-hop music and often used to accompany rapping. it is utilized by many musicians spanning over a wide variety of genres.

In Indian music

Vocal percussion is also an integral part of many world music traditions, most notably in the traditions of North India (bols) and South India (solkattu). Syllables are used to learn percussion compositions, and each syllable signifies what stroke or combination of strokes the percussionist must use.

The art of speaking these syllables is called konnakol in South India, and traditional dance ensembles sometimes have a dedicated konnakol singer, although this practice is now waning. At one time it was a very respected art form, with many masters and singers.

In North India, the practice of reciting bols is usually limited to the percussionist reciting the composition about to be played, often in the context of a longer solo. These recitations are also sometimes spoken by a Kathak dancer.

In Chinese music

Kouji is the equivalent vocal percussion in Chinese music

See also

Notable performers

External links

  • Vocal percussion at DMOZ
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