Music Briefs: Yoruba, Fourth of July and Cleared for Sampling

This month we’re looking for Yoruba, Fourth of July and Cleared for Sampling tracks.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at


Yoruba music is perhaps the most prominent West African Music tradition, and it is best known for its incredibly advanced drumming patterns, mixing different beats. This technique is known as Polyrhythm. In this track, we’ve used original Yoruba rhythmic patterns and traditional Yoruba instruments, for example, the agogo, the Bata drums, or the dundun, an essential element of all Yoruba drumming music.

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: yoruba, nigeria, africa, african percussion, polyrhythms, west africa, agogo, bata drum, dundun


Fourth of July

Independence Day in the States is a celebration of freedom, patriotism and hot dogs on the grill.  We’re looking for all-American cues of all stripes, both august and a little silly.

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: July Fourth, Independence Day, America, United States, patriotic, march, BBQ


Cleared for Sampling Hip-Hop Beats

In an effort to attract more music producers to Pond5, we’re looking for beats, beds and loops that are labelled “cleared for sampling.” This means the buyer can remix, rap or sing over, chop, screw, and modify the track.  Also, make sure you check the “Cleared for Sampling” box on the Edit Item page when you upload.

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: cleared for sampling, hip-hop, royalty-free, boom bap, rap, beat


Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. However, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Senior Man Playing Guitar Against Tree Trunk by CentralStreetFilm