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Music of Africa. By Michelle Peck Williams. Instruments: the Kora. Ancestor of the Banjo. Instruments: the Krar. Marimba. Instruments: Mbira (Thumb Piano). Drums. Talking Drum. Drums: Djembe. African Musical Structure. Syncopation Polyrhythms Polymeter Improvisation

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Music of africa

Music of Africa

By Michelle Peck Williams


Instruments the kora
Instruments: the Kora

  • Ancestor of the Banjo




Instruments mbira thumb piano
Instruments: Mbira (Thumb Piano)





African musical structure
African Musical Structure

  • Syncopation

  • Polyrhythms

  • Polymeter

  • Improvisation

  • Call and Response


Purpose of music in africa
Purpose of Music in Africa

  • Music is not isolated—it goes with dance!

  • Music has a purpose in Africa!

    • Healing

    • Communication

    • Worship

    • Rites of Passage

    • Storytelling

    • Etc.



Influence of african music
Influence of African Music

  • African music can be heard today in:

    • Jazz

    • Rock

    • Pop

    • Rap

    • Gospel

    • R&B

    • And many more


African dance
African Dance

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeFtlcwuOZQ