What is your preferred genre of music? Do you appreciate the twang of country music? How about the rhythm of rock and roll? Maybe the beats of hip hop make you move and groove!
If you are a fan of hip hop, then you might be familiar with today’s Wonder of the Day. Have you ever witnessed artists creating rhythms using only their mouths? That is known as beatboxing! It is a form of vocal percussion. Beatboxers produce music using their mouths, lips, tongues, voices, and even noses.
Beatboxing is a significant aspect of hip hop culture. It often consists of drum sounds, but that’s not all! Beatboxing can also involve singing. Some beatboxers even try to imitate record players. Others mimic musical instruments.
Modern beatboxing originated in the 1980s. However, people have been producing drum sounds with their voices for a long time. Historians believe it started thousands of years ago in India and China through unique vocal art. Another ancient form of vocal percussion is African “over-breathing.”
Some beatboxers also incorporate their hands and other parts of their bodies. This allows them to create even more sound effects and rhythms. In fact, that is where the term “beatboxing” came from! Early beatboxers aimed to sound like drum machines, which were called beatboxes at that time. One of the earliest beatboxers was Doug E. Fresh, who refers to himself as the first “human beatbox.” Other popular early beatboxers were Swifty, Buffy, and Wise.
Beatboxing continues to gain popularity in the present day. Many countries organize national beatboxing competitions. Worldwide championships are also held annually.
Some people form large beatboxing groups as well. In fact, one of these groups once set a world record. The current Guinness World Record for the largest human beatbox ensemble is 2,081 people. It was established in Dublin, Ireland, on November 14, 2011.
Would you like to give beatboxing a try? It is a fantastic way to make music. You do not even need an instrument. You already possess everything you need to become a great beatboxer—just give it a shot!
Give It a Go
It’s time to get serious about beatboxing! With the assistance of a friend or family member, explore one or more of the following activities:
- So, can YOU beatbox? Have you ever attempted it? If not, now is the perfect opportunity! Check out How To Beatbox online. Follow the instructions, and you will be doing some basic beatboxing in no time.
- There is much more to hip hop than beatboxing. What other aspects of the genre do you enjoy? Discuss hip hop music and culture with a friend or family member.
- Now that you know your own mouth and body can act as musical instruments, what else can you find to make music with? Look around your home with a friend or family member and discover objects that you can use to create music. Have fun beatboxing along to the melodies you come up with!
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatboxing (accessed 04 Oct. 2019)
- www.humanbeatbox.com/history/p2_articleid/27 (accessed 04 Oct. 2019)
- https://www.humanbeatbox.com/articles/history-of-beatboxing-part-1/ (accessed 04 Oct. 2019)