African Music History

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Running Head: THE HISTORY OF AFRICAN MUSIC
The History of African Music
Nakisha McKnight
Music 235: Introduction to World Music
Professor Sherri Sullivan
December 9, 2010

Abstract

Throughout the times of music history, Africa has played a vital role in the music industry. The history of African music is overwhelming. From the beginning to now, the style and rhythm is still somewhat similar. I will reflect on the history of African music and its culture. This paper will identify the sounds and instruments that the people of Africa are accustomed to using. It will also view the similarities in today’s African American music.

The History of African Music
The music of Africa has dated as far back as the 8000 b c. Paintings on rocks of African dancers, is evidence of their history in which Africans still uphold. Modern people did not consider African music a form of music until the 19th century. The African people had an unusual style by just making noise. The Africans were considered lower standards than the average. So their music was the same as them. No one took notice of their music. It was personal to their culture. Africa itself is a huge continent. It is triple the size of the United States. It has about 415 million people living in the south. About 75 percent of all Africans south of the Sahara live in rural areas, mainly in villages (pg100). The people in Africa belong to different ethnic groups. Each ethnic group has its own beliefs, religion, and language. South Africa or Black Africa has different music versions of North Africa. North Africa’s music is mainly classified as Arabic music. Throughout Africa, even though they have different styles, their music has some of the same attributes. Traditional black African music includes choral singing, music performed for entertainment at royal courts, and songs and dances for religious ceremonies and celebrations...
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