Drum and bass form the foundation of Reggae music and this duo is considered Jamaica's greatest export. Learn how the drum and bass establish the tempo, the melody, and the beat of the music. The module will also look at the ‘one drop’ rhythm, which is the most popular drum pattern in Reggae music. The drums set down a steady tempo, which the bass works off of to create the melody. The adoption of Jamaica’s bass and drum culture around the world speaks to the emotional resonance of Jamaican music culture. Just like people, multiple rhythms can get along and fit together at once! Bob Marley’s Concrete Jungle is a perfect example.
The NAC Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support from the Friends of the NAC Orchestra, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, Grant and Alice Burton, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.