Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sunday 4/26: Foundation Steppers @ Takoma Station

Reggae has a FOUNDATION
foundation : base, groundwork, establishment. Reggae is an INSTITUTION.

The music itself has meaning. Reggae drumbeats fall into three main categories:

With the ONE DROP, the emphasis is entirely on the second and fourth beat of the bar (usually on the snare or as a rim shot combined with bass drum). Beats one and three are completely empty, which is extremely unusual in popular music. An emphasis on beats two and four is in all reggae drumbeats. Carlton Barrett of The Wailers is credited with inventing this style and an example can be heard in the Bob Marley and the Wailers song, "One Drop."...

With the ROCKERS beat, the emphasis is also on beats one and three (usually on bass drum). One example is in "Night Nurse" by Gregory Isaacs. The Rockers beat is not always straight forward and various syncopations are often included. An example of this is the Black Uhuru song "Sponji Reggae" ...

In STEPPERS, the bass drum plays eight solid beats to the bar, giving the beat an insistent drive. An example is "Exodus" by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

So now that you have an overstanding of the history of the Steppers - JOIN US! This will be the PREMIER EVENT for Foundation Steppers. With your support, this event will take place once a month. Advanced sale tickets are $10.00 and are available through PayPal.

Purchase Tickets HERE

Email foundationsteppers@gmail.com for questions.

Foundation Steppers
featuring IYAH FIYAH, King Tafari Sound and Deadly Dragon Sound
with DJ Kiki Meeks on the tables
Sunday, April 26th
Advance Tickets $10

Takoma Station
6914 Fourth St. NW
Washington, DC

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