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    Stylistic Regions of African Music: I. Northern Africa
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    Stylistic Regions:
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    Northern Africa: The North Africa stylistic region includes  Algeria Egypt Libya Mauritania   (which overlaps  the Sudan region),   Morocco ,   Tunisia , and   Western Sahara .The area of Northern Africa extends  over many miles. In addition to native cultures, the music produced by musicians from the regions  influenced by three outside musical cultures, the Persian, Arab, and Turkish.  Islam is a prominent  language spoken.  Arab-Andalusian music from Morocco is based on heptatonic scales, and does  not  contain  micro-intervals.    Much  North  African  music  has  many  elemental  properties  in  common with Middle-Eastern style.
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    During  the  19th  century,  military  orchestras  adapted  to  prevailing  musical  styles  and  offered  traditional  influence  in  exchange.    This  musical  stylistic  cross-fertilization  extends  from  the  borders  of  the  Himalayas  to  the  Atlantic  Ocean.    A  prominent  segment  of  the  population  of  musicians  within  Northern  Africa  consists  of  the  Berbers,  and  the  Kurds.    Due  to  a  high  circulation  of  migrant  people  in the region, musical practices  in the  area  are quite diverse  and  dynamic.       This presentation will focus on the following aspects of North  African Music : • Ancient Egyptian Music • Ancient Nubian Written Music • Moroccan Music • North African Women Musicians
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    Ancient Egyptian Music: Music  was  extremely  important  to  Ancient  Egyptian  life  and  found  in  a  variety  of  contexts,  such  as  temples,  palaces, farms, battlefields, and tombs  (source:  campus.northpark.edu).  Old 
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