Vocal percussion is the art of creating sounds with one’s mouth that approximate, imitate, or otherwise serve the same purpose as apercussion instrument, whether in a group of singers, an instrumental ensemble, or solo.
The term ”beatboxing” is often used as a synonym for vocal percussion, but in fact is just one tradition of vocal percussion, originating in hip-hop music and often used to accompany rapping.
Vocal percussion is an integral part of many world music traditions, most notably in the traditions of North India (bols) and South India(solkattu) as well. Syllables are used to learn percussion compositions, and each syllable signifies what stroke or combination of strokes the percussionist must use.
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