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Rouse-Ogoun Badagris (SP)-P/4T-(Complete Set)

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$39.00

Ogoun Badagris by Christopher Rouse derives its inspiration from Haitian drumming patterns, particularly those of the Juba Dance. Hence, it seemed logical to tie in the work with various aspects of Voodoo ritual. Ogoun Badagris is one ...
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Ogoun Badagris by Christopher Rouse derives its inspiration from Haitian drumming patterns, particularly those of the Juba Dance. Hence, it seemed logical to tie in the work with various aspects of Voodoo ritual. Ogoun Badagris is one of the most terrible and violent of all Voodoo loas (deities) and he can be appeased only by human blood sacrifice. This work may thus be interpreted as a dance of appeasement. The four conga drums often act as the focal point in the work and can be compared with the role of the four most basic drums in the Voodoo religion - the be-be, the seconde, the maman, and the asator. The metal plates and sleighbells are to a certain extent parallels of the Haitian ogan. The work begins with a brief action de grace, a ceremonial call-to-action in which the high priest shakes the giant rattle known as the asson, here replace by the cabasa. Then the principle dance beings, a grouillere: this is a highly erotic and even brutally sexual ceremonial dance which in turn is succeeded by the Danse Vaudou at the point at which demonic possession occurs. The word "reler", which the performers must shriek at the conclusion of the work, is the Voodoo equivalent to the Judaeo-Christain amen.

Ogoun Badagris was completed in Ithaca, New York on February 13, 1976. Composed for the Ithaca College Percussion Ensemble, it is scored for five percussionists playing the following instruments:

1 - cabasa, snare drum, chinese cymbal, 4 timpani, suspended cymbal, 2 cowbells, tamtam
2 - bass drum, 2 bongos, 2 timbales
3 - String drum, 4 conga drums, 3 wood blocks
4 - Bass drum, 3 tom-toms, vibraslap, one pair of maracas, large ratchet
5 - Quica, tenor drum, sleigh bells, slapstick, 3 metal plates, 4 log drums, guiro, cabasa, suspended cymbal

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