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  African Music
, indigenous African musical and dance expressions that are maintained by oral tradition and that are stylistically distinct from the music and dance of both the Arabic cultures of North Africa and the Western settler populations of southern Africa.
African music and dance, therefore, are cultivated largely by societies in sub-Saharan Africa.
Similarly, the music of East Africa is distinguished from that of Central Africa by a number of instruments, and from that of southern Africa, which traditionally emphasizes certain kinds of choral organization and complex forms of musical bows.
afgen.com /african_home.html   (183 words)

  
 A History of African Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
African music is nearly always coupled with some other art such as poetry or dance and is one of the most revealing forms of expression of the fl soul.
The fact that music is at the heart of all of the griot's activities is yet further proof of the vital part he or she plays in African life.
Music, as it is conceived in traditional society, is not a function which enables its exponents to meet the demands of modern life.
www.acslink.aone.net.au /christo/histmain.htm   (2462 words)

  
 African American music -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
African American music was often sanitized for white audiences, who would not have as readily accepted fl performers, leading to genres like (A style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz) swing music, a pop-based outgrowth of jazz.
Popular African American music at the time was a developing genre called (Click link for more info and facts about rock 'n' roll) rock 'n' roll, whose exponents included (Click link for more info and facts about Little Richard) Little Richard and (Click link for more info and facts about Jackie Brenston) Jackie Brenston.
Presley went on to become perhaps the first watershed figure in American music; his career, while never extremely innovative, marked the beginning of the acceptance of musical tastes crossing racial boundaries among all audiences.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/a/af/african_american_music.htm   (1422 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - African music (Music: History) - Encyclopedia
The remarkable aspect of African polyrhythm is the discernible coherence of the resultant rhythmic pattern.
Common are bamboo flutes, ivory trumpets, and the one-string ground bow, which uses a hole in the ground as a resonator.
Music is highly functional in ethnic life, accompanying birth, marriage, hunting, and even political activities.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/A/Africanm.html   (364 words)

  
 African American Music
The contributions of African-Americans to the history of music in the United States began with the arrival of the first Blacks on the mainland in 1619.
Although Africans who were sold into slavery were stripped of their possessions, clamped into irons, and wedged into foul vessels to make the dreaded "middle passage" from Africa to America, they nevertheless brought with them to the new land their memories of the rich music and dance traditions of the lands of their ancestors.
They remembered the importance of music in the West African way of life—how almost every activity was accompanied by music appropriate to the occasion and how special kinds of music were provided for festivals (called "customs" in Africa)— and they continued these practices in the New World.
afgen.com /music.html   (308 words)

  
 African music on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Bibliography: See A. Jones, Studies in African Music (2 vol., 1959); R. Brandel, The Music of Central Africa (1961); F. Warren, The Music of Africa (1970); F. Bebey, African Music (1972); W. Bender, Sweet Mother: Modern African Music (1991).
African American and Francophone fl intellectuals during the Harlem Renaissance.
The Live8 controversy; AFRICANS NOT INCLUDED; The aim of the Live8 concerts is to persuade the world not to neglect Africa.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/A/Africanm.asp   (736 words)

  
 Boston.com / A&E / Music / For South African Johnny Clegg, music is a road to racial harmony
He simply wanted to perform the music he loved, and what he loved were the Zulu rhythms he heard as a child in South Africa.
Outside of South Africa, it was this nation's rich music, often with a political edge, that first enlightened many to the racist apartheid regime, which was finally dismantled in 1994.
Its music was catchy and really accessible, but you also had this image of these two people in Juluka from such different backgrounds, creating beautiful music together.
www.boston.com /ae/music/articles/2004/07/08/for_south_african_johnny_clegg_music_is_a_road_to_racial_harmony   (731 words)

  
 BBC - Press Office - Brenda Fassie, Madonna of the Townships
As a teenager she was spotted by music producer Koloi Langa and she was soon on her way to Johannesburg to begin her professional career.
She was not only a South African singer, but a Pan-African griot [an African storyteller - someone who tells of traditions and history of a family, tribe, country, village], making souls rise in bliss wherever her voice reached." - President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.
People needed music to put them out of the misery of the lives they were living at the time...
www.bbc.co.uk /pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/10_october/21/fassie.shtml   (611 words)

  
 African Music Encyclopedia: Glossary: African Styles of Music
Also called mbira-based music, one of the best examples of this sound is the music of Thomas Mapfumo.
Morrocan music of people descended from the slaves brought from Mali in the 16th century.
Many African artists, originally from the Congo (or Zaire), relocated to Paris, which became a popular expatriate community for them, and where they are mostly still based.
www.africanmusic.org /glossary.html   (792 words)

  
 HOME   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This is music typical of village ceremonies and daily activities performed with the gentleness and sensitivity Yaya Diallo is noted for.
Yaya Diallo, custodian of West African music and culture, is the personification of a country renowned for its rich musical culture.
Yaya's innovative traditional West African music transmits his musical heritage from a culture where music is the foundation of the social fabric.
www.onzou.com   (1343 words)

  
 African Music Hub
The African Music Hub is at the heart of the African Music world.
Putumayo World Music - Established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of other cultures, Putumayo World Music is a specialist world music label who have produced some great African Music CD's and have helped promote African music artists.
African Drum Beat - Educational and informative site dedicated to West African drumming rhythms and percussion music from Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea and particularly rhythms associated with Djembe, Sabar, and Kpanlogo drums.
www.africanmusichub.com   (649 words)

  
 African Studies Center | Africa: Music, Videos and Films
Resources on African Music from the Institute of Ethnology and African Studies at Johannes- Gutenberg-University Mainz.
The St. Louis African Chorus, is a tax-exempt organization, formed 1994, with a mission to increase public awareness in African cultural heritage through music and other art forms.
The Zimbabwe Music Festival is the largest annual gathering in North America for students, teachers, performers, and fans of Zimbabwean music.
www.sas.upenn.edu /African_Studies/About_African/ww_aud.html   (608 words)

  
 African Music Featuring The Latest African CD's & DVD's.
From soukous (Congo), Makossa (Cameroon), Highlife (Ghana, Nigeria), Mapouka (Ivory Coast) to music from South Africa.
His introducction to music was in a local church choir, where he was the lead soprano singer and soloist.
Most of our African music dvd's are region 2 dvds and require a dvd player that can play region 2 dvd's.
www.panafricanallstars.com   (198 words)

  
 worldly disorientation
Philadelphia at the time was home to Sun Ra's Arkestra and loads of strange rock music, from the primitive electronic sex thud of Executive Slacks to the Buddhist thrash of Ruin, who dressed all in white and were fond of covering Leonard Cohen songs.
Many of the greats stars are either dead or living in exile, and it was in Rotterdam that Terrie Ex (of the Ex) found the great Eritrean singer Tsehaytu Beraki in the late 90s--where she had been living since the late 80s after fleeing her homeland.
One of the forthcoming releases from the folks at Rough Guide is their guide to the music of Sudan, and among the tracks is a selection by the great singer Mohammed Wardi, who recorded more than 300 songs in the 60s and 70s--to the best of my knowledge, none of them are available.
worldlydisorientation.blogs.com   (2979 words)

  
 World Music
You probably wouldn't recognize Occitan if you heard it sung, although you might place the music "somewhere in France." Provence, the Mediterranean south to be precise, is where colonial expats from French North and West Africa and the Caribbean long have entered France as low-wage immigrant laborers.
Formed in 1981, Càlic are accomplished performers and curators of the traditional music of Sardinia (Alghero, Alguer).
Although she was in North America, she fell in love with ghazals, the sophisticated musical love poems of India she was exposed to by her parents.
www.rootsworld.com /rw   (1324 words)

  
 West African Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The peculiarity of West African harp construction has until quite recently prevented scholars from realizing that these instruments are harps and not a hybrid kind of harp lute.
The rise of modern Mande music and of the electric guitar began with the independence of Guinea in 1958 when the new government launched a sweeping modernization policy in which European musical instruments (including electric guitars) were handed out, musicians were made civil servants, and a network of regional and national orchestras was established.
The process of traditional musicians (jelis) embracing, Africanizing, and integrating the guitar into their music culture, and then using it to move their music into the international arena of popular dance music is the focus of this article.
echarry.web.wesleyan.edu /Afmus.html   (550 words)

  
 Fresh Music: RetroFresh
RETRO FRESH is an imprint label dedicated to the preservation of classic South African pop and rock music of the last 30 years…each release, many available for the first time on cd, has been digitally remastered with bonus tracks including live, studio out takes, demos and unreleased songs.
They played a fusion of blues, folk, jazz and Eastern music and lifted South African pop of the early 70's from the syrupy blare of bubblegum music to new heights of progressive rock.
One of the highlights of the vibrant South African music scene in the mid 80's was without doubt Celtic Rumours.
www.freshmusic.co.za /retrofresh.htm   (817 words)

  
 Africanspice.com - The African Music Internet Radio
In the late 70s and early 80s Seck was one of the originators of mbalax, which has been Senegal’s more...
Prince Diabaté & Imaginary Homeland - African Strings: Prince Diabaté - Live at Satalla Nightclub, New York, NY (“a masterful kora player [with] an astonishing array of more...
African Hiphop -Malcolm IX - It is a widely acknowledged fact amongst seasoned Hip hop critics (not post Tupac/Biggie saga pundits) that true Hip hop, which has since been redesignated as "underground", is on the verge of more...
www.africanspice.com   (225 words)

  
 BBC - Music / Features - Echoes of Africa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Dance music, pop, jazz, rock, rap, blues - there aren't many genres which don't carry an element of African 'DNA' somewhere in their make up.
The music we love has its foundation in a blend of African and European sounds.
Malian and Senegalese music is known the world over - discover the legendary Bata drum and Kora amongst others [more]
www.bbc.co.uk /music/features/africa   (288 words)

  
 South Africa Music
"Through a large database of music and artists we offer advertising and production units advice and service in placing African music in their productions." In its Diasporan Classroom "Students will be documenting their musical and cultural environments to create personal web pages.
A South African film, based on Georges Bizet's Carmen, and set in a Cape Town township, wins the top award, the Golden Bear, at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival.
"South African Music Week is run by the MIDI Trust in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and a strategic partnership has been formed with the Department of Education." Music performance schedules, South African music overview, music career advice, links to related sites.
www-sul.stanford.edu /depts/ssrg/africa/southafrica/rsamusic.html   (620 words)

  
 Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning from the Bayly Art Museum of the University of Virginia
It is hoped that the search features of the collection will be a convenient aid to scholarship, study, and teaching of these disciplines.
Africans in Bondage: Studies in Slavery and the Slave Trade
africafocus.library.wisc.edu   (438 words)

  
 African Music and African Culture @ web62.com Internet Television
Also African Style and Fashion is very special like shown at this great Zaire celebration party.
Explore more Streaming videos with African Live Music and loads of pictures from Africa inside the full screen program.
Google search results have gone down a lot and many good music sites have been thrown out of their index making now Yahoo the much better search solution for music and videos.
www.web62.com /africanmusic.html   (636 words)

  
 African Music on the Internet
News about African musicians, a page about Drum magazine, South African pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim, plus "Through a large database of music and artists we offer advertising and production units advice and service in placing African music in their productions." Has an events mailing list for South Africans.
An introduction to African music in 100 CDs is a directory arranged by country, name of artists or groups, CD titles, artists (including compilations), style of music, instrument, language, type of music, and label.
Their Music of Africa series is for those with a general interest in African music.
www-sul.stanford.edu /depts/ssrg/africa/music.html   (6456 words)

  
 World Book || African American Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Almost all popular music contains elements of African American rhythms and culture.
Black spirituals are one of the best known and earliest forms of American music.
World Book editors have assembled a look at some of the most famous African American musicians and the impact they have made on different forms of music.
www2.worldbook.com /features/aamusic/html/intro.htm   (158 words)

  
 Black History & Classical Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Classical music has been enriched by such contributions as long as it has existed.
An academic resource devoted specifically to African composers is the Dictionary of African Composers compiled by Alexander Johnson and Chris Walton of the University of Pretoria, South Africa: http://sacomposers.up.ac.za
The African American conductor Paul Freeman is Founding Musical Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, an unusually inclusive orchestra whose mission is "Musical Excellence Through Diversity".
chevalierdesaintgeorges.homestead.com /History.html   (501 words)

  
 Other African Music Resources Online
For the true aficionados "The Encyclopedia of African music" here offers a large listing of a variety of websites referring to a really huge spectrum of musical styles of Africa and the diaspora extending from Angola to Zimbabwe and everything between.
Included is a catalogue of Hugh Tracey's well-known Music of Africa series of recordings, with sound samples, and a catalogue of the more detailed 250 LP collection, the Sound of Africa.
From Zimbabwe originates a musical style, for which is available a lot of information and further links at the Shona Music homepage.
www.staff.uni-mainz.de /bender/ama_links.html   (701 words)

  
 Africanhiphop.com :: Hip hop from the motherland :: African Rap   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Uniting presenters/deejays from five African countries, it's the first time in history for hip hop radio from all over the motherland to be available in one place.
The webcast is interactive as it allows African emcees to upload their own tracks, which are added to the playlist.
African Hip Hop Radio is the latest project by the African Hip Hop Foundation, the team behind the popular Africanhiphop.com website.
www.africanhiphop.com   (2437 words)

  
 African Music Webring
All styles of music are presented from the traditional Morna and Coladeira to the modern Cabo-Zouk.
Rooted in traditional music, the group has developed a new brand of music and dance they have dubbed "Nokoko" -- innovative rhythms and dances to an electrifying blend of jazz and African music.
Traditional Music and Cultures of Kenya, a multimedia encyclopaedia dedicated to all Kenyan tribes, including music and dance, history, culture, society, religion and beliefs, rituals and daily life, fables, legends, riddles and proverbs.
v.webring.com /hub?ring=africanmusic   (1900 words)

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