Konnakol is South Indian “vocal percussion.” In konnakol, performers use each syllable, and its accompanying sound, to communicate a rhythm, sort of like a jazz singer would “scat” or a rapper would beat-box. There are vocalizations aplenty in konnakol, enabling the performer to effectively have entire conversations using it.
One of the web’s most prominent konnakol teachers is not a South Asian classical vocalist, but Danish percussionist Henrik Andersen For a solid introduction to konnakol and its many rhythms watch Henrik in action. Especially be sure to check out the Exercise in Adi Thala (Exercise in 8 beats) which starts at 3:12. (Take *that* T.H. Subash Chandaran!)
A konnakol conversation | legendary guitarist John McLaughlin is way into konnakol: www.johnmclaughlin.com | a contemporary konnakol performed by Lori Cotler
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