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Playlist: Son Clave.

Afro-Caribbean rhythms have had a massive influence on modern music. Melodics’ Director of Education Rodi Kirk has put together a playlist primer on this popular pattern.

This is the Son Clave.

As pop music becomes increasingly global and rhythm focussed, they appear in a hugely diverse range of songs.

They’re famous for being danceable and very syncopated. They also often feature asymmetrical patterns. Perhaps the most commonly used and universally popular is a pattern known as the ‘Son Clave’.


Learn to play the Son Clave in Melodics.

You can find this pattern in each of these otherwise musically diverse songs from the last 50 years.

Professor Godfried Toussaint calls it “The Rhythm that Conquered the World”. You can deep dive here with his in depth study.

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