African Music Research Paper

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Africa, a continent rich in culture and diversity, sets the base of my cultural lecture. Being filled with many distinct yet close bonded countries in which have different yet similar sounds musically, paved the way and has had its impartation of our music today. Coming from an African background, I thought it would only be proper for me to focus more in on my roots. For centuries now African music has been commended to not only having dissecting beats and rhythms, but to also have spiritual ties with its rich heritage. Through the slave trade, the rich traditional of African music was divided and set to evolve along with its people.

Although what was taught to be the traditional african sound of music, has indeed evolved over the centuries. Many traces of what was known as the traditional sound are archaeological. What differentiated traditional African music from another were their uses of unique instruments. In the Yoruba culture in Nigeria, west Africa, ig̀bìn drums were used in their traditional festivals from the 10th to the 14th century ad. Congo, another neighboring country in Africa used iron bells to depict unique tones in times of ceremonial events. Along with the tones of such instruments, dances went along side them. Each celebration
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Adaptations of traditional African Music are seen in all parts ranging from Brazil all the way to the Caribbean. The music of the Candomble religion in Brazil was adapted from the Orisha native worship among the Yoruba people of Nigeria in the 19th-century. Among Brazils adaptation of African musical tradition, the now religion of Voodoo in the Caribbean spun from the religious musical practices called Vodun in Benin. Brazil and the Caribbean are certainly not the only pats of the world that have been influenced by traditional musical practices of
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