African MusicAfrican children make musical instruments by the age of three or four. Musical games played by African children prepare them to participate in all areas of adult activity, including fishing, hunting, farming, grinding maize, and attending weddings, funerals, and dances. Some languages in black Africa have no precise noun to define music. The drum is so important in African society that it is sometimes equated with a man. African music is nearly always coupled with some other art, such as poetry or dance. "Griot" is the term used in West Africa for professional musicians, and they are fear and admired, but treat with contempt for being one of the lowest castes. The equatorial African griot equivalent is the player of the mvet (harp-zither), but is not tinged with scorn because he does not sing the praises of the rich and powerful like the griot. Due to limited opportunities for musicians, African traditional music, which is not written down but passed from generation to generation, is in danger of extinction. West coast = metronome sense, simultaneous use of several meters, and
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