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I'm working on a music video right now which is more like a short film and I need something that communicates Africa (there is a cut-away of someone dancing in Africa for a second while the song expands out into an international hit). The director wants a sound effect that communicates Africa to be placed there.

I've tried a few animals, just not jiving. It's for a jive band and there is a trombone player - maybe I'll place in a trombone lick that mimics an elephant blow.

Any ideas of a sound effect that communicates Africa in less than a second?

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vuvuzela.

(just kidding)

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maybe a quick drum roll on a djembe or conga drum

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  • I second a tribal drum roll paced to tempo of the picture or the rest of the music. Maybe a single large African Drum hit with some bass to it similar to a large Taiko drum for a heavy impact and a higher pitched Djembe or Congo roll on top of it for an accent. – Syndicate Synthetique Feb 24 '11 at 7:20
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Survivorman has a great commercial bump-in/bump-out sfx hit that has an "Africa" sound to it. This just happens to be a clip from the Africa episode, but it's in all of his episodes. Some inspiration, maybe. Click Here

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african music, where they show a picture of a safari with a giraffe, the bug noise also, and maybe an elephant or sounds of chains or a special drum or chant, shakers

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a short african chant...

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May be a Tribal chant phrase accompanied with a drum roll/hit might work. For me Africa is more about people

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I hear either a djembe or a kalimba. Good luck with the project.

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I hear a short chant (more like a single shout) mixed with with a drum roll.

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i can imagine a Djembe, and some other percussions with a delay and some tribal chants and with ethnic instruments

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I hear hakuna matata

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