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TES LESTE: The sovcalled three-two clave rhythm from Cuba is ceneral to understanding Congo ‘music, This zhythm, shown in example 13, wes adistinctive combination of chre= ples two (for a total of five) sirokes. Clave was, of course, originally an Affican chythm (as ‘wall an an instrument consisting of two sticks struck against one anocher), but it became the foundation of Cuban music, which in turn influenced pop scylcs around theworld. Clave is cousin to the Bo Diddley bear, the rock backbeat, and New Orleans second-line music. Both Cuban and Congolese music involve layering rhythmic pares, bus che clave chythm is the key to everything. ee ee Below is2 fingerstyle guicaraccompaniment shat uses che clave rhythm in the bass pare (notated wich downward stems). es important t fed the censuous call-and-response character of this two-part chythm, in which the two-stroke group always answers the three stroke group. In mose Congo guitar music, the clave is not 2s explicit at ie i in example 13, but its always implied. ‘When you become comfornble with clave, ery embellishing it with parallel Gths. Ifyou can gp into a melodic Gtks passage, and then rem to the accompaniment in exemple 14, youll understand the basics of Congo guitar music. Here: an example to try