What type of music is played in Africa?
List of Music Genres in Africa
- Afrobeat. Fela Kuti created Afrobeat by fusing traditional Nigerian music, jazz and highlife.
- Apala. Apala is a percussion-based style of the Muslim Yoruba people in Nigeria, West Africa.
- Assiko. Assiko is a rhythmic dance from Cameroon.
- Benga music.
- Bongo Flava (Tanzania)
- Cabo-Love (Cape Verde)
- Chimurenga music.
African musical instruments include a wide range of drums, slit gongs, rattles and double bells, different types of harps, and harp-like instruments such as the Kora and the ngoni, as well as fiddles, many kinds of xylophone and lamellophone such as the mbira, and different types of wind instrument like flutes and
- The standard instrumental groups of Western chamber music include the string quartet (two violins, viola, and violoncello), the woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon), the combinations employed in sonatas (one wind or stringed instrument with piano), and the brass quintet (frequently two trumpets,
- Instruments. There are commonly drums found in West African music. The main types of drums in Western Africa are the Djembe and the Talking Drum. Also an instrument named the Balafon is very often found in West African music, such as Yiri. There are String instruments found throughout the region.
- A griot is a West African storyteller, singer, musician, and oral historian. They train to excel as orators, lyricists and musicians. The griot keeps records of all the births, deaths, marriages through the generations of the village or family.
Africa is not well known for its ethnic stringed instruments. Probably the most famous one is the KORA, but that is a kind of "harp", (see not included). However there are quite a few instruments that are "guitar-like". In North Africa you can find several types of lute.
- The griots were important to West African society because they were the ones that had the good memory. Also they were important because they were the ones who told the stories to the other people. They were also important because they were the people who told the stories about the hajj.
- The first European documentation of the kalimba was around 1570, by Portuguese explorers. But the metal-tined kalimbas had already spread across Africa by then. So the first kalimba-like instruments were made in Africa long before then.
- The Mbira Instrument. The type of mbira shown here, of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, consists of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a gwariva (hardwood soundboard) made from the mubvamaropa tree (Pterocarpus angolensis).
Updated: 3rd October 2019