Facts About African Musical Instruments
Discover The Continent's
Through Your Favorite African Instruments!
You know what I love about African musical instruments? They allow us
to learn about this continent's culture by participating
in it! Wether you are a professional musician or a
novice - I'm sure there's an instrument you'll enjoy to
Click here to find a large
selection of African instruments
Or do you rather listen and observe than participate? That's fine, too.
This is the beauty of music: everybody can enjoy it. No matter which
you belong to:
The study of its
instruments will show you the soul of a
where music is a part of everyday life. The more you learn about them,
the more interesting it gets:
Learn About Traditional African Musical Instruments
When I first came to Ghana, I was surprised. The variety of
musical instruments existing on this continent is larger than I had
impossible to list
them all on this page. But these examples will give you an idea of
what's out there:
African Percussion Instruments
The continent's most famous musical instrument of all! All over the
have fallen in love with this drum. Here's everything you need
to know as a beginner.
Countless drums that nobody knows of deserve more attention. If
the djembe-hype bores you, here is something new!
The xylophone is one of the continent's most prominent instruments.
Each tribe that plays it has it's own distinct xylophone tradition.
Thumb pianos are deeply rooted in African culture and appear throughout
the continent with a variety of names and features.
Shakers and rattles can be found in every country in some form or
another. The Axatse of the Ewe tribe in Ghana and Togo is just one
Bells have many purposes. One of them is to provide the
timeline in traditional music ensembles, as the Gankogui of the Ewe
This growing list is still incomplete, but already gives you an
impression of the vast variety of percussion instruments alone. It
doesn't even include:
String and Wind Instruments
Yes, there's more to African music than just percussion. This
continent is also full of melody created by flutes and fiddles, harps,
lutes and whistles.
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