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Listening to That Afro Talk and Afro Beat

There are very few things that actually cut across all ages, culture, denomination and even educational background. One such thing is music. Music has been the one tool that can reach out to all mankind without prejudice. It is not uncommon to find millions of people from different corners of the globe, all liking a particular type of music. For this reason, music, such as afro beat, has been used to put forward many issues such as aids awareness, fighting corruption and many other causes.

But over and beyond its ability to cut through all spheres of society, music is diverse in nature. It is largely informed by the culture from which it emanates. And since the world is full of a variety of cultures, we therefore have a great diversity in the music that we hear. Examples of the different musical genres common in the market include jazz, bhangra, rock & roll, Lingala, reggae and many more.

But one form of music that is quickly finding its way into the African market is the afro beat. It is a hybrid of other forms of music and musical instruments. It blends in Yoruba music, jazz, highlife and funky rhythms, fused with percussions and diverse vocal styles called afro talk. This form of music is not new and is rumored to have started as early back as the 1970s.

Afro beat is credited to Fela Kuti, a West African musician known for his radical views expressed through his music. It is said that Fela came up with the name afro beat after returning from a tour of the states with his band. Seeing the potential in the idea, Fela established a new club and called it the afro shine. To popularize his idea further, he decided to change the name of his band as well from Nigeria 70 to Fela Ransome-Kuti & Africa 70.

The band set up base at afro shine for 5years between 1970 and 75. During this time, the popularity of the afro beat continued to grow among the youth, influencing the way they talk – afro talk, dress, think and even live their lives. Today afro beat continues to not only grow as a genre of music, but also continues to inspire other musical trends.

Some of the musical trends inspired by afro beat include the Lingala. This is a very popular form of music in east and central Africa. This form of music is common with the Congolese and is sung in both Lingala (a language in Congo) and French. Some of the more notable names that have arisen from this form of music include Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, magic system and many more.

Other forms of music inspired by afro beat include the Kapungala. This is a relatively new dance that originated in Kenya. It is also a hybrid of two independent forms of music. Namely; lingala and kapuka. The dance has been popularized by artists like Daddy Owen and the Wernono crew.

Make Hip Hop Beat Music Without Any Hardware

Okay, so obviously you want to make hip hop beats. To make hip hop beat music it used to take a lot of time, money and energy. The time, came from learning how the hardware and software worked, the money came from the expense of the hardware and the software, and the energy came from the pain of having to save the material on appropriate formats and mixing in a way that today would seem ridiculously difficult and time consuming.

Today, when you spend about a grand you get an easy software component with unlimited tracks that runs on your nice super fast computer with plug-ins that reach to the sky and seem limited only by your imagination. On top of that, it is even easier to write hip hop beats than ever before due to the very specific plug-ins and sounds the replicate 909’s and the like.

However, it gets even better. Suppose you didn’t have to spend a grand, could get a multi-track recorder and not have to spend the time, money and energy that used to be required to make a decent beat? Look no further and once again, we have the Internet to thank for this incredible invention.

For under $30 you can use online software programs that have a sequencer, piano-key set, drum machine and thousands of sounds to choose from with a library of sounds that just keep growing. Welcome to the future! No hardware needed, no plug-ins needed; only your creativity can stop you from making a hip hop beat in just minutes.

It’s also incredibly easy to export to mp3 (with the click of a mouse) and this means you can be writing beats and exporting them to your MySpace music page all in the same day. This truly is the future of making hip-hop beats. To make hip hop beat music, you just need a little creativity. The rest is handled with the advent of so much technology and innovation.

In my opinion, these new software beat maker innovations are as great as the microwave or remote control. What could be better than being able to easily master a great beat, using piano parts, synthesizers, bass-lines and guitar parts in just a few minutes? When I first started playing around with these beat makers I was up for days, just writing hip-hop beat after hip-hop beat. I still haven’t laid down the lyrics for most of the songs.

This is what the future has brought us and frankly, the future looks bright. Remember that to make hip hop beat music, all you need now is a few minutes and a desire to live the dream, which, let’s face it, is why we turn on our computers in the first place.

Big Beat Music and Some Tips

Big beat music is probably the most widely known style of electronic-based music in America. Groups such as the Chemical Brothers, Fat Boy Slim, the Crystal Method, and the Prodigy are all pioneers of big beat

Obviously it is a wide genre of electronic music. However it does have the few defining characteristics. Fast, heavy, distorted and punk influenced pop, jazz, techno and rock sounds along with psychedelic music influences characterize the style. Obviously certain groups, and artists were influenced more strongly by some more than others.

Fat boy Slim is more funky. The prodigy are more punk. The Chemical Brothers and the Crystal method are more techno.

Creating big beat is all about big sound. The drums should be distorted and loud. Vocals should have a punk edge, and also be distorted. Intense bass lines and synthesizer loops are also characteristic of the style.

Fast drops of elements, explosive addition or return of elements, wind and droning noises and extreme work in the stereo field (speaker position of elements to left and right) are also common. This is style of electronic-based music I first got into. The prodigy’s ‘fat of the land’ album is still a favorite.

Try to assemble a collection of odd noises. Record tools banging, power tools running, and try spinning a mic at the end of its cord to get some weird wind noises.

Pick a general style to base the song on. Punk, Funk, techno, anything. Pick something you are comfortable with. Then push it. Make the Drums the focal point. Use the other elements to compliment the beat and throb of the bass. Rather than using the beat and bass to pace the other elements.

Try using effects you don’t normally use, or ways you normally don’t use them.

A common technique in Big Beat is starting with a repeating instrument hook, then bringing the beat on strong.

Big Beat tends to make a lot of use of the add one element at a time technique. Meaning you build the sound over the course of a minute or so, by adding in one element, letting it ride a few seconds, then adding another.

Making Instrumentals Easy and Make Your Beats a Hit

Beat making software has been the way most techno beats have been created. Many top artists from many different artists especially rap and techno use pounding beats as the background music to their songs, making their songs sound better. Before beat making software beats had to be made using actual instruments which meant you had to own or use many different instruments in order to create the beat you wanted. This was a huge hassle until different sounds began to be stored digitally, making instrumental easy and soon enough beat making software was born.

Now making your beats is very simple and easy thanks to beat music maker software. The way beat music maker software works is the creators of the software have recorded many different sounds of instruments and instrumentals and recorded them to a computer digitally. They then created a way to easily make your beats by using a drag and drop method on a timeline. You simply will drag and drop your sounds or beat into the spots on the track that you want it to be played at and the computer will then allow to burn your finished beats onto a CD or save them as a .mp3 file to load onto an iPod or mp3 player, which will make your beats a hit quickly.

Beat making software is very inexpensive and it will include many different tools to help you create your professional beats. Beat music maker software will always include tutorials on how to use and access to many member forums so you can chat with other beat making members and share tips and tricks or get answers to your questions. If you decide that the beat music maker software was not what you wanted then most will offer a 90 money-back guarantee. Beat making software will work on any computer with any operating system and will not take up space or slow the computer down, it will only teach you and allow you to create high quality sounding beats. There are many great beat making software products that create high quality sounding beats, but the one I recommend to you because it has all the benefits listed above and then some extras, is called Sonic Producer.

Sonic Producer [http://www.produceyourown.info] is the beat making software that I have used in the past to create my beats. They offer a full 90 day money-back guarantee, quality software loaded with features, tutorials and coaching on how to use the software, and access to members-only forums that will answer all your questions quickly. So download it today and begin making high quality beats.