List Of Music Genres In Africa
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Genres And Music
There's more to African music than it just being "African"! Music
genres are plentiful on this continent. Here's a quick overview of just
a few of them:
Fela Kuti created Afrobeat by fusing traditional
Nigerian music, jazz and highlife. Today, it is often mixed with hip
hop or makossa and well known even outside Africa.
Apala is a percussion-based style of the Muslim Yoruba people in
Nigeria, West Africa.
Assiko is a rhythmic dance from Cameroon.
This dance music developped from the traditional music of the Beti in
Cameroon. The sexy dance moves remind of the popular Mapouka from the
Popular music in Kenya. The
electric bass guitar imitates the melodies of the traditional Kenyan
eight-string lyre called Nyatiti.
Popular style from Zimbabwe. The melodies played by modern instruments are
based on the traditional Mbira music of the Shona people.
Pop music from the Ivory Coast/France with danceable percussion and deep
bass. This style is said to help Ivorians through tough times and
difficult political situations.
living in the Sahara desert have been making blues music long before it
got famous in the West. This sounds absolutely brilliant!
Popular style from Nigeria, based on traditional Muslim Yoruba music.
Music style and dance from Cape Verde based on the accordeon.
Highlife is a genre from Ghana
and popular in all of
English-speaking West Africa.
Fun and extremely popular among Ghana
's youth is the fusion of highlife
and hip hop.
Harmonious and gentle a cappella sung by all male choirs from the South
's black youth loves this new mix of house music and
This urban dance music from the capital city of Cameroon reminds of
most popular music style. Mbalax is a brilliant fusion of traditional
griot praise songs and sabar rhythms with modern Western elements.
This Congolese dance music was created by Koffi Olimide
. It's a more
sensual and melancholic subform of Soukous.
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