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The courses in our Culture Series contain many artists and songs from cultures that may differ from your own in familiar norms and standards of appropriate dress, subject and movement. Although we strive to ensure that the materials are appropriate for K-8 students, we know these standards are subjective. Please review the course to deem suitability for your particular class and school.

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Take an in-depth look at: Popular Music from Africa: Part 2 – Central & West

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As our journey continues through the amazing popular music of today’s African continent, we move on to Central and West Africa. Central Africa features three genres that will get your feet moving – danceable Kizomba from Angola, Soukous from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bikutsi (that means “thump the earth”) from Cameroon. Then from West Africa we are introduced to the exciting sounds of Afrobeat in Nigeria, energetic Highlife from Ghana and dance music Mbalax from Senegal. This exciting course also contains a fun Musical Movement Minute from African Beat and a fun fact that shows a viral video from Africa that went all the way around the world!

COURSE NOTE: All courses in the Culture Series have one version of the video portion of the materials. The courses can be taught to students in grades K-2, but we ask that you please preview the video before presenting to any younger students to decide on suitability. For our youngest students, we recommend teaching our Culture courses in 2-4 separate sessions to fully engage young attention spans.