The 3:2 Relationship as the Foundation of Timelines in West African Musics
Dr. Eugene Domenic Novotney

One of the most important contemporary works on the topic of African rhythm, Eugene Novotney's work is based on the premise that the 3:2 relationship is the foundation of rhythmic structure in West African music. The main area of focus in his study centers on the seven-stroke standard bell pattern and related timelines, including the five-stroke clave pattern—the all-important foundation of Cuban and other Latin American music. Dr. Novotney’s impeccable work on this subject inspired and guided me in the writing of my own book The Clave Matrix.
—David Peñalosa

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