Thousands of distinct
cultures, each with it's own instruments, rhythms, and dances.
One of the greatest
of Mother Africa's gifts to the people of the world is her
music. Only a few years ago, we in North America had relatively
few examples of African music in its natural state, but now,
with the state of video on the Web, African folk music abounds.
It is an ethnomusicologist's dream come true. The examples
below are but a few of HUNDREDS of relevant audio and video
clips. For a hundred more suggestions,
our African You Tube Playlist.
children singing & dancing
Camara, Mamady Danfa play Mandinka drums
Kwashie Safroh, a Ghanian in germany, playing
Yaw playing the 'odurugya' which is the traditional cane flute of
the Akan, mixed with footage from the funeral of
the Bantamahene Baffour Awuah V. The Red and Black Kete
Drums are used in this ceremony. WATCH
fiddle music from the Dagomba people, northern Ghana
Luki Bouduan and friends from Gandawi group -
Sissala musicians from Ghana visiting Scotland. It looks cold,
and as if they wish they were at home.
YOUTHS OF NGWUO DOING THE TRADITIONAL IGBO DANCE
out the Kosika,
based on a highly portable traditional West African instrument with
immense possibilities..great how to videos here.
Don't forget to visit our brand new
French drummer Maarten
Schepers [at left] has written a fascinating book applying
djembe rhythms and techniques to the drum set. Read
Musical instruments of Uganda at MusicUganda.com
The YouTube User Bidybi
has put a large amount of interesting Lesotho
pop music at YouTube. The video portion is mostly just
a photo of the CD, but the music has been rare to the world until
now, and some of it is really good. Accordian give it an oddly cajunesque
tinge, but very African.. Take the time to surf his YouTube
channel; it's well worth the trip.
in this month's
favorite Africa links:
a Record company site, with
CDs of Abdoul Doumbia, Mustapha Tettey Addy,
Aja Addy, Dudu Tucci, Nyanyo Addo, et al.
Drummer and Drum maker shahab
has a nice site This site, titled
Drum Beat, is mainly dedicated to West African rhythms
from Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinee and particularly
rhythms associated with Djembe, Saba, and Kpanlogo drums.
instruction in Ewe drumming at Kevin O'sullivan's site.