Afoxe

Difficulty:

  • tamb: medium (quite exhausting if played for a long time)
  • agogo: medium (easy to mix up with custard)
  • repi: hard (contains many variations in tone and speed)
  • snare: hard (while it’s on beat in the beginning it’s getting some offbeat in the end)
  • low-surdo: easy
  • mid/high-surdo: medium (they play the same…)

About the tune

This tune is really going forward: The Low Surdo is pushing with techno-like damped hits, while the repenique and snare voices are one of the most fancy – and also most difficult – ones in the RoR repertoire.

One thing to note is that while most of the instruments have parts that are played over 4 beats, the surdos and repi have a pattern played over 8. It is important to call breaks etc. at the right time. The repenique part is rather hard as some notes are hit with a flare, some with the hand near the rim of the drum, and some notes played on the rim. It takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve got it, it sounds fantastic.

The tamb part can be remembered by “1 2 3 4 What Are We Here For”. Be careful though – it is quite easy if you’re not concentrating to slip into the tam part of Custard. If you maestre, think about the tamb players. This song can be very tiring for them so give them a break once in a while.

“Afoxé” is the name of an instrument from the Candumblé religion.

Breaks

  • Break 1, a call&response between surdos and all others
  • Breaks 2 & 3 which are exchange-surdo-lines for mid- and high-surdos
  • Bra-Break, a call&response between repis and all others
  • Wolf-Break, a call&response between surdos and all others which ends with a (name giving) howl. It is usually played in a loop. Can also be played in other tunes.

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All files in OGG format