African Music

African Music - TheMusicandInstruments of WestAfrica...

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The Music and Instruments  of  West Africa Developed by Susan Simandle
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Africa is a land of many  countries,  climates,  and  cultures.
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It is a place of modern cities . . .
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. . . and traditional villages.
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Music is an integral part of every  African individual from birth.  www.acslink.aone.net.au/christo/histmain.htm
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In traditional  African societies,  the absence of  music in daily life  is unthinkable.  Music is used to  heal the sick, praise  a leader, ensure  successful delivery of a child, cure bed wetting, and even to stop a woman from flirting with another woman's husband. Music is also involved with birth, naming of a child, teething, marriage,  new moon, death, puberty, agriculture, reenacting of historical events, hunting, preparation for war,  victory celebrations and religious rites. 
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In some African societies music is a dynamic and  driving force that animates the life of the entire  community.  www.acslink.aone.net.au/christo/histmain.htm
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Purposes Social/Recreational Ceremonial Music and dance done to      recognize the occasion; Can vary each time it is     performed Music and dance that is spontaneous     and full of improvisation Artistic Music and dance that has a      choreographer who has
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