COURSE: POPULAR MUSIC FROM AFRICA: Part 1 – North, East & Southern

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Music from the continent of Africa continues to grow, develop and inspire. Popular Music from Africa is a two-part series exploring some of today’s popular music from this vast, diverse and vibrant continent. We begin with several important influences in popular music from Africa : traditional music, migration and colonization. These influences have impacted some of the distinctive elements of music from Africa: polyrhythms, polyphonic texture and improvisation. In the North, we discover the energetic sounds of Chaabi from Morocco and Rai from Algeria. In the East, we explore the dance rhythms of Benga from Kenya, hip hop inspired Bongo Flava from Tanzania and upbeat Taarab from Zanzibar. And finally, from Southern Africa, we experience rumba-inspired Kwasa Kwasa from Botswana and the gorgeous vocals of Isicathamiya from South Africa. Our Fun Fact is about Diaspora of music from Africa and how music from the continent of Africa has influenced and inspired the world.

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