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Music Around the World: Music of Africa

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

Music of Africa is a diverse and vibrant musical tradition that encompasses a wide variety of styles and instruments, reflecting the continent's rich cultural heritage. African music is known for its intricate rhythms, infectious melodies, and powerful vocals.

One of the most significant elements of African music is its use of percussion instruments, such as the djembe, talking drum, and kalimba. These instruments are often played in ensembles and can create complex, layered rhythms that are central to many African musical styles. African music is also known for its use of call-and-response vocals, in which a lead singer or group of singers call out a phrase or melody, and the audience or other singers respond. This creates a dynamic and interactive performance that is often accompanied by dancing and other forms of movement. African music styles vary greatly from region to region, with some of the most popular styles including Afrobeat, Highlife, Soukous, and Mbalax. These styles are often associated with specific countries or regions, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, and Senegal.

In recent years, African music has gained popularity on the global stage, with many African artists achieving international success and recognition. This has helped to raise awareness and appreciation for the rich musical traditions of the continent and has contributed to the growth and development of the global music industry.

Music Lesson Plans: Music Around the World (Africa)


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