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African music in society

In Africa, songs are sung for every occasion, including:

  • childhood lullabies and play songs
  • birthdays, marriages and funerals
  • religious, political and tribal occasions


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.
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