Angela Davis

formerly James Brown

Difficulty:

  • tamb: easy
  • agogo: medium
  • repi: easy
  • snare: easy (there are some variations)
  • low-surdo: hard
  • mid-surdo: easy to remember, but hard to play it without beeing to fast nor to slow
  • high-surdo: medium

About the tune

This tune – formerly called “James Brown” – is one of the RoR basics.

It used to be called “James Brown” because the pattern of Break 1 (which is also used in Breaks 2&3) sounds like the getting-back-from-the-bridge in “sexmachine”. It was changed due to the realization that James Brown had been accused several times for domestic violence. The name “Angela Davis” refers to an american political activist.

In this tune, the low Surdo swaps one of its beaters for a plastic Repenique stick (aka a whippy stick) to get a higher pitched sound. Then it plays a combination of high-pitched and normal hits.

Breaks:

  • Break 1 consists of a pickup followed by a bar of eight-notes.
  • Break 2 is a call&response between surdos and everyone else, it is ended by the pattern of Break 1.
  • Break 3 is a loop which is played by everyone except the snare (which just continues its normal groove). At the end (or every time just before the Break starts again from the beginning) the pattern of Break 1 is played.

More

Combinations of Angela Davis and Funk sound nice (changing between both, introducing break of one on the other, etc.). In fact, Angela Davis is a kind of funk too.

Listen to it in RoR Player

Notation

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other downloads

Angela Davis sound files in OGG format