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Take an in-depth look at: Traditional Music from Africa: Part One – North and East

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Music from the continent of Africa is vibrant, varied and unique. This introduction to music from Africa begins with an overview of the size, diversity and many cultures within this huge continent! Students learn about traditional African rhythms and beats including common African musical characteristics like polyrhythms and polyphonic melodies. After introducing the continent, this lesson explores North and East Africa. In North Africa, students experience Gnawa music from Morocco, Ma’luf music from Algerian and Zar music from Egypt. Then onto East Africa, where students learn about Azmari vocalists from Ethiopia, the Madinda and Kadinda instruments from Uganda and the Nyatiti from Kenya. Some of the of the other featured instruments in Part One are: the Sintir, Karkabas, Ganga, Mandole, Oud, Tanbura, Mangur, Kawala, Mesenko, Krar, Washint and Kebero. The Fun Fact is an amazing look at a type of dance created by South African mine workers called Gumboot that later evolved into a popular style of dance called Stepping.

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.