African Music

African Music

bulletMusic reflects the social and psychological realities of its context.
bulletLet sit down and listen to African Music
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Ethnomusicologists Cultural Perspective
bulletAfrican musical form can be best understood within African Social Situations. To clarify this point if we think of a joke which we heard before, maybe often, but a good comedian could still make us laugh at it. However, we would miss the point if we analyzed or thought of the joke merely as an arrangement of words about a particular theme or of the music and merely a structure of sounds.
bulletPeople quietly listening to classical music v. people dancing whilst listening to African music
bulletIt is a mistake to sit and listen to African Music, because then it is set apart from its social and cultural context.

There are very few important things which happen without music - the sheer amount of musical activity in Africa.
bulletAshanti (Ghana) children sing songs to cure bedwetting
bulletHausas ( Nigeria) pay musicians to compose songs to court lovers or insult rivals
bulletSong singing whilst working
bulletHutus ( Burundi/Zaire/Rwanda) paddling canoes sing different songs depending on whether they are going with the current or against

African music making is a group activity.

In many African cultures musicians are the acknowledged authorities on history and myth.

J.H. Kwabena Nketia, African musicologist “ A village that has not organised music or neglects community singing, drumming, or dancing is said to be dead”