How is African music incorporated into other African traditions? What different parts of Africa have different genres of music? Relation?

By: Lila Happel

African culture is very diverse and has many different branches, but music plays an important role in the roots of Africa. There are many different groups throughout Africa with different customs, however their music bears similar characteristics. Fore example, people sing to celebrate weddings and births, hunting songs and work songs (typically hoeing and threshing), and they sing and pray for good weather and bountiful harvest, as these are all major factors and tributes to overall African culture. These songs primarily include dancing as well.

As well as percussion instruments (like the lamellophone), African culture incorporates stringed instruments and wind instruments. With string instruments, sound is produced by the vibration of the strings. One stringed instrument in particular is called the musical bowl. It is an important instrument among the San and the Nguni (this includes the Xhosa and the Zulu) peoples. The instrument itself consists of a string made out of either rope, gut or stretched out skin that is located between both ends of a bendable stick. It is played by either plucking or striking the string with the musicians fingers.

Moving on, wind instruments create sound by the musician producing air. Traditional wind instruments are primarily made/carved out of animal horns, tusks, wood, reeds, bamboo and shells. In some modern day music, the flute, trumpet, clarinet and whistle are popular wind instruments. More complex instruments include: lutes, harps, lyres and pluri arcs. The oldest pluri arc was found in Southwest Africa.

In conclusion, African music has influenced and incorporated itself into many different African traditions.

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5 thoughts on “How is African music incorporated into other African traditions? What different parts of Africa have different genres of music? Relation?

  1. Tree N-R says:

    I never knew about the lamellophone. it sounds interesting, almost like a manual music box. I also find it interesting that it can also be made from a gourd

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  2. Drew says:

    Really good job on the narration. The pictures were cool and your information was cool. “There are many different groups throughout Africa with different customs, however their music bears similar characteristics.” There should be punctuation after “However” but I really liked this sentence because it described their music well.

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  3. Matt Raiff says:

    I noticed and enjoyed how you said a large amount about the timeline of the African music. I appreciate how you showed and explained how the instruments are made and played and not just what they are. How were these instruments thought up for hunting purposes? I found a connection between this, it is that our school has African drums as a musical option and I often see the Mbira in the hall being played by my peers. I think it was very professionally spoken but I do think you could have explained the evolution of this music.

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  4. Evelyn says:

    I really enjoyed watching this video! I have heard of many of the instruments already because my dad is a musician but it was fun to learn more about them and their relations to African culture.The only thing I would change would be to take a little more time on the writing, I found a few minor errors that could be fixed, for example in one of the sentences “Fore example, people sing to celebrate weddings and births” the “Fore” has an “e” at the end which i Find often when I am writing extra letters are something that I do a lot without realizing so it’s important to go back and look at it. But otherwise It was really good!

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  5. Lily Kolm says:

    Really good job! I enjoyed how much content you included in your blog. It was really interesting to learn about all the different musical instruments and how they are made. Your opening line “African culture is very diverse and has many different branches, but music plays an important role in the roots of Africa.” was perfect for starting off your blog. There are a few spelling errors, maybe consider going back and editing again.

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