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Rhythm Tip – Afoxé

Rhythm Tip #1

This is a bell pattern for the Afro-Brazilian rhythm Ijexa’ (pronounced “ee jay shah”), which is part of the Candomble’ religion. The rhythm is also known as Afoxe’ (see glossary) and has had wide dissemination through the Carnaval group “Sons of Ghandi”, one of the oldest and largest Afro groups to parade through the streets of Salvador …

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Rhythm Tip – Samba Reggae

Rhythm Tip #2


This pattern is part of several rhythm styles from the northeast of Brazil and is played on a variety of instruments including tamborim, agogo, and caxia as well as guitar and keyboards. It is a very simple and elegant way of getting the clave feeling and the “up beat” feeling in one pattern. It is probably best …

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