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Piece Title : Africa Hot
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Level : Advanced
Composer / Arranger : Wooton, John
Composer / Arranger Details: JOHN WOOTON is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. He fronts his own band, KAISO!, specializing in Caribbean jazz and popular calypso music and also plays drum set for various jazz and blues groups and casino shows on the Gulf Coast. A former PAS Rudimental Snare Drum National Champion and former Percussion Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, John is presently serving as a member on the Percussive Arts Society Marching Committee. John is a Clinician for Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Row Loff Productions and Remo Drum Heads. Please visit his web site at
Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Snare Drum
Instrument / Discipline : Snare Drum Solo
Instrumentation : Marching Snare Drum
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 1 Snare Drum
Written for / Commissioned by : N/A
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 John Wooton - With thanks to Vic Firth
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Publisher :Row-Loff Productions
Publishers Website
Publisher Details : Foremost in marching and concert percussion literature.  For more information please visit their website
Year Composed / Copyright Date :1992 /  1992
Duration :4Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :N/A
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :
"Africa Hot" got it`s name from the movie "Biloxi Blues" starring Matthew Brodrick.  He is from New Jersey, enlists in the army and has to go to basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi. When he gets off the train, he says "Man it`s hot... It`s Africa Hot".  I had an audition at the University of Southern Mississippi and since I was going to Mississippi... thus the name.  By the way, I got the gig and still live in Mississippi.  And yes, it does get pretty hot in the Summer... Africa Hot. 
#1 The visuals in m.2 are left up to the performer.  Do what ever you want and take as much time as you’d like to do it.
#2 Visual #1 takes lots of practice.  Grab the sticks as far back as possible.  This is a difficult visual, it will take some time.
#3 In m.10 the left stick remains on the head.
#4 In m.25 do whatever you like with the stick.  Move it through the fingers, down the wrist, on the rim, on your knee, or on your tongue.
#5 The notation in m.48 indicates a gradual increase of speed.  The roll should accelerate to set up the paradiddles in m. 49.  Take as long as you like to speed up and only play as fast as you can play paradiddles.
#6 M.56 - As you play the down-beat o one with the right stick, flip the left stick (full flip, bead up) to the rigıht hand. While the stick is in the air grab the right stick with left hand so the butt of the stick plays the up-beat of One. Turn the left stick over to traditional grip for the down-beat of 2.  As you play the up-beat of 2 and down-beat of 3 with the right hand twirl the left stick (2 revolutions). As you play the up-beat of 3 with the left stick twirl the right stick (1 revolution).  As you play the down-beat of 4 with the right hand quickly twirl the left stick (1 revolution).  As the up-beat of 4 and down-beat of 5 are played with left stick, flip the right stick (1 full revolution).
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Posted By : jodi    Date Posted: 09 September 2013 01:12:06 AM
Great recital or competition piece to challenge the most technically proficient players. There are many other advanced rudimental solos with impressive visuals, but this is one of a few that is also aurally interesting!
Posted By : adg251    Date Posted: 11 September 2011 12:06:10 PM
Africa Hot is an advanced modern rudimental solo. It will test the ability of the most proficient snare drummers and it allows for creativity by the performer in multiple places. This solo is a great selection for any competition or recital.
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