Afro-Brazilian Bell Patterns

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Afro-Brazilian music uses a variety of bell patterns, many of which are different than the patterns used in Cuba.

  • Bell pattern 1 is used in maculelê and some Candomblé and Macumba rhythms. Pattern 1 is known in Cuba as son clave.
  • Bell 2 is used in afoxê and can be thought of as pattern 1 embellished with four additional strokes.
  • Bell 3 is used in batucada.
  • Pattern 4 is the maracatu bell and can be thought of as pattern 1 embellished with four additional strokes.


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