Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Riff)


UPDATE: The new look is up if you want to come and see it. If you find anything that isn’t working I’d really appreciate it if you let me know. A huge thanks to Ben Lew for all his hard work in making it happen.

I’m surprised more indie bands haven’t pillaged African sounds. It seems to me that the high octane soukous guitar stylings of Diblo Dibala and Dally Kimoko is prime for some transplantation. Vampire Weekend made a decent stab at it with Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (kwassa kwassa is the dancing style on display in the Diblo video).

Like a lot of African guitar styles (and the lead parts in A-Punk and Oxford Comma) the lead playing here is heavily based on the chords (G, A and D). I’ve written up the riff in the same key as the original but an octave higher. The chorus is the same chords – I think it sounds best if you use these chord shapes.

Requested by HJM and Imogen

More guitar riffs for uke.

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