Intermediate to Advanced playing level.
55 minute instructional video and 30-page booklet. AfroCuban percussion music and more. Here’s a sample:
“This is an excellent opportunity to learn the original Mozambique in a straight forward and well designed format. The material is broken down slowly and carefully, with clear explanations. Highly recommended! “
~ Michael Spiro, Percussionist, Producer, Educator
Mozambique is a Carnaval rhythm and dance created by Pello el Afrokan in Havana, Cuba in the early 1960’s. Unfortunately, due to cold war politics, accurate information about this original form of the rhythm has remained obscure. Another style which I call New York Mozambique has evolved here in the US
In my videos Mozambique! Vol. 1 and 2, I perform and teach the original form of the rhythm based on my research in Cuba in 1985, when I met and studied with Pello. These videos are extremely thorough and include a booklet with all patterns written in staff notation and Time Unit Box System.
During instruction I count each pattern in both 8th and 16th notes and show how every pattern fits with each other and with Rumba clave, which is played in a split screen window.
In Volume 1 all patterns are played in 3-2 clave and the focus is on a folkloric approach. I include performances of the original rhythm in different size ensembles as well as my arrangements of Mozambique Bata and Mozambique Songo. In Volume 2 the focus is on how Mozambique is typically played in a band setting. All the patterns are played in 2-3 clave and I cover the New York style as well. The rhythm is played in various size ensembles, we dip into Mozambique in 12/8 (!!!) and perform my arrangement of “California Mozambique”.