10 Popular Instruments used in Traditional Africa Music
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African music has a long history that has been orally transmitted from one generation to the other and captured in written form in excerpts found in journals of western explorers. Dance, music, and story-telling are among the ancient art forms that have flourished for many centuries in Africa. Ancient African society did not separate their every day life activities from their music and other cultural experience.
Music and dance are activities that characterize an African musical expression and play an important part in the lives of the people. Many Ancient African cultures did not have separate words for music and dance.
Music and dance in Africa have served both practical and artistic functions. The practical function involved the use of music in everyday activities, including music at daily chores, at a child’s naming ceremonies, helping children follow rules, farming activities, national ceremonies, and religious ceremonies.