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Alfred Provides a Passport to Jamaica with the Expansion of the Popular Drum Atlas Series

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Thursday, July 09, 2009

Alfred Music Publishing, the No. 1 educational music publisher, is proud to expand the popular Drum Atlas series to include Drum Atlas: Jamaica. This innovative and compelling series transports some of the world’s most unique and dynamic rhythms to drummers everywhere. The exotic series widens every drummer’s musical scope by introducing sounds from Brazil, Cuba, India, Salsa, and now Jamaica.

Jamaican music is loved throughout the world for its laid-back feel as well as its intense, lively rhythms. Its influence is apparent across many musical styles, from reggae rhythms in the music of popular bands like The Police to ska beats in the music of groups like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Toasters. Even rap music evolved from the Jamaican vocal style called “toasting,” and the influence of Bob Marley is evident throughout the world of music and pop culture.

Drum Atlas: Jamaica teaches many of the enjoyable and challenging grooves and fills that make Jamaican music so unique, covering early styles such as nyabinghi (sacred drumming that accompanies vocal chanting and singing) to modern styles like ragga (played entirely on digital and electronic equipment). Study techniques like the three-drop, the steppers beat, and the skank, and discover forces behind the music—like the spiritual influence of the Rastafarian religion. You’ll also learn how to translate rhythms from traditional instruments, such as the rumba box and timbales, to the drumset. With its wealth of ideas for modern drummers and included CD performed with a full Jamaican-style band demonstrating all the examples and compositions feature in the book, Drum Atlas: Jamaica will inspire you to improve your technique, increase your knowledge, and make you a more well-rounded musician.

Drum Atlas: Jamaica is now available as a book and CD set for $16.95. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today at alfred.com/drums.

Travel Around the World with These Additional Titles from the Drum Atlas Series:
Drum Atlas: Brazil
Drum Atlas: Cuba
Drum Atlas: India
Drum Atlas: Salsa