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(West) African Folk Music

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Rebecca Hindrichs

on 26 September 2016

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Transcript of (West) African Folk Music

Traditional African Folk Music
Agogô
Also known as the double bells or the gankoqui
Used in ceremonial or religious music in Yorubaland, West Africa
Very similar to the modern cowbell
Marimba
Originated in East and Central Africa
When struck with a mallet, the sound trave through resonating tubes
Related to the traditional Bala
The marimba is very common in modern Western orchestral music
Origins of African Folk Music
Arabic music travelled to Africa with musical migrants in the 7th century
African music was shared with the rest of the world after slaves were brought to North and South America and after colonies were formed in parts of the continent
Shekere
Also known as the cabasa or axatse
From West Africa
Made from a gourd covered with shells or beads
Can be shaken or struck
Kalimba
Also called the thumb piano
Found in Eastern and Southern Africa
Was played at religious ceremonies, weddings, and other social gatherings
Now commercially available worldwide
Talking drums
Hourglass-shaped drum from West Africa
Mimics human speech
Pitch can be changed if the player squeezes the drum between their knees as they strike the head
Has many different traditional names based on the region in which it was played
Djembe
Rope-tuned goblet drum from West Africa
They head is usually made from goatskin
Very versatile and loud, which made it a good signaling or solo instrument
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