African and Polynesian Music

African and Polynesian Music - Africa: Arabs invaded North...

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Africa: Arabs invaded North Africa added their own imprint Today the music and instruments still resemble those of the Arab world in sound and design Area south of Sahara, consist of many regions Farming Hunting and gathering Herding or fishing Some areas, modern industries, fast cities Multitude of languages and musical instruments creates a fascinating counterpoint in sounds Hundreds of different languages There are still shared characteristics Tonal aspects of language, must hit certain pitch for meaning to not be lost Pressure drums are used as “talking drums” changed by squeezing the sides, changing the tension in the head No written language, Africans absorb much of their traditional culture through music Broadcasting current events as well as an educational vehicle Children learn history and moral code of their people through songs Acquaint them with the great peoples, places, and events Along with dance, drama, and visual arts, it assumes an importance unheard of in western society All African music can be thought of as religious
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