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African music

African music is:

  • part of everyday activities - everyone joins in clapping, singing and dancing to the music
  • part of rites and ceremonies where it is performed by specialist master drummers and court musicians
  • not normally written down but passed on through oral tradition.

The influence of black African music is widespread. It came over to America with the African slaves and combined with the folk music of the European settlers to produce new styles of music such as blues, gospel and jazz. These went on to form the basis of pop music today.