African Music you never heard before


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Hi, I don't know if this is the right section, but since this is a crowded forum I want to show you the African music I love more and the people that perform it.

This is music from the Western Sahel
(ex Mali and Songhai Empire) Sahel is the "shore" of the big and hot see called Sahara

Western Sahelian People



Mandinka, Soninka, Hausa, Fulani, etc etc



Burkina Faso (Bani)


Northern Nigeria


The 2 instruments are:



RITI (Called ENDINGIDI in East Africa)


The 2 instruemnts are:

KAMELE NGONI (or also written Kamele N'goni)


FULA FLUTE (the Flute of Fulani people)


Music from other parts of Africa

Whispered songs come from Southern Uganda/Rwanda and Burundi, but now are almost disappeared and only in Burundi you can find them

INANGA (also called Enanga)



Theorists say that Adungu were a common musical instrument along Africa, in ancient times



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Another song played with Adungu

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In this music we can hear how Djembes, Dununs and Tamani are played at a professional level
(djembe sound = snare, dunun sound = kick, tamani = a sort of drop in a pot full of water)




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JELI NGONI (also written D'jeli N'goni)
It is considered the standard Ngoni


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The ngoni is known to have existed since 1352, when Ibn Battuta, a Moroccan traveller reported seeing one in the court of Mansa Musa. It is believed to have evolved into the banjo in North America after Mande slaves were exported there. Battuta also reported thebalafon.

Mansa Musa


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AKONTING (also written Ekonting)


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The akonting (or ekonting in French transliteration) is the folk lute of the Jola people, found in Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau.
Jola oral tradition places the birthplace of the akonting in the village of Kanjanka in Lower Casamance (Senegal), near the banks of the Casamance River. The name of the instrument's home village is recalled in the most common tuning pattern for the akonting's three open strings (from the 3rd short "thumb" string to the 1st long melody string): kan (the 5th note of the scale, tuned an octave higher), jan (root note), ka (flatted 7th note). Like in the traditional old-time/folk styles of playing the 5-string banjo, the akonting is tuned in different tunings. Using the kanjanka tuning pattern of 5/1/-7, a common tuning in Casamance is dGF. In Gambia, for another variant the 1st long melody is raised a semitone (half-step) higher to make a natural 7th note, as in cFE.

Recent findings presented by researchers Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta, Ulf Jägfors, and Shlomo Pestcoe at The 8th Annual Banjo Collectors Gathering (December, 2005) – an annual international conference of the foremost collectors and scholars of 19th and early 20th century banjos, which also serves as the principal forum for presentations of new research on the banjo's history and organology – indicate that the banjo is probably descended from the many different types of gourd-bodied folk/artisan plucked lutes found throughout West Africa, like the akonting.


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Griots say that the first kora was invented buy a genius woman, that was living in a cave of Kansala, in Gambia.
Astonished by the instrument a great Tiramakhan Traoré, a 13th-century (1200 A.D.) general in the Mali Empire who served under Sunjata Keità, decided to oust her, with the help of his haunting friends, Waly Kelendjan and Djelimaly Oulé Diabaté.
Djemali was the griot of the group, and he will pass the instrument to his son Kamba. The instrument will pass from father to son, until Tilimaghan Diabaté, who will intruduce it in Mali.
Caves of Gambia


Mali Empire


Mandinka (Malinka) Sword


Music commonly sung by griots for people who are ancestors of Tiramakhan, namely people with Traore (Tarawole) and Diabate (Jobarteh) surnames

Another Kora music

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Nice post. Just noting that is the more traditional/ancestral type of music/instruments.

The current sound of african music would be among these and more : makossa/dombolo/coupé-décalé.

It uses these yamaha synthesizers heavy and the common drumkit.
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Nice post. Just noting that is the more traditional/ancestral type of music/instruments.

The current sound of african music would be among these and more : makossa/dombolo/coupé-décalé.

It uses these yamaha synthesizers heavy and the common drumkit.

Yes, you're right.

I love Meiway from Ivory Cost. He sing in French and his native language

But I keep this thread on traditional music
lol this isn't new i have heard all of this before i'm southeastern nigerian

Yes, I'm African too, I'm Rwandan.

This post is meant for everyone never heard this music before.

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I love how mud structures are found in almost all the northern and central part of the continent, even in wet places.




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even though is a a continent not a country with many amazing cultures and empires

I wish more "black ppl" in america would love the "motherland" and the things of it but are more quick to say that "ain't" my ppl

see in america even our "black" women are ashamed of their hair putting a chemical in their hair that can eat through a can and adding European and East Indian/brazilian hair

soon as I typed brazilian in bing brazil blowout & other hair products popped up I really want to know more about "African culture"
and history every documentary I can watch on africa I watch I have some books in my personal library but most are on
"african-amrican" history

this is not a attack on "black" women or american "black" ppl I just wish we would love our roots more but the disconnect that the slave trade produced is partly to blame

RANT over

brazilian hair - Bing Images

-Coach Antonio
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But you know.. african women do it too.. they bleach their skin and all that lol.. well some of them..
yes alot of Sudanese ppl Omaha,NE having the largest population of them from the nation
a lot have weave it's sad that African and african-american ppl with the most original hair on earth dislike it

-Coach Antonio
This has to be we even do that in the hiphop/rap section anymore:hmmm:...make a provision for the OP... 10/10 most relevant to what we do.
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I want assure you that only a minority of African women bleach their skin, but this problem is largely covered by medias, we can guess why :p

When we have only few news about a zone, or a matter, we tend to identify that zone/matter with the few we have as reference

This creates prejudices
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reading some of these post are really annoying, most of you you have never been to Africa but have the weirdest preconceived notions about the place.
Lol you dudes lmao, I'm from Central Africa just so you know.

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By the way speaking of Sudanese.. they have some music which is quite appreciated in the eastern part of Africa going West up to around Chad. It has a lot arabic influence (for geographical reasons).. It's also close to Egyptian music. Chad is interesting because it is at the crossroads culturally(because it's the center of the continent) although the population is not very large. It's the former center of the Kanem Burnu empire which is one of the largest empire that was in Africa. You got the same tribes you find in Niger,Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, CAR, and probably more.

Quite different from what the Bantus are doing. (Koffi Olomidé, Papa Wemba etc.. well mostly our parents "contemporary" music anyway for French Central African states.. ).

There is one kind of music that people do in the remote villages, especially during traditional ceremonies which is folkloric music. Using some of the instruments the OP mentioned, accompanied by chants and dances often. That's the kind of thing you see on TV about africa most often.

But if you go to the big cities, it is not what is listened to necessarily. But what the OP posted is nice in a way because it can provide sample material.

To come back on the topic of African roots, you know, a lot of young africans see the US as a model lol. So it's funny to see that some American seem to think that African peeps are keeping it natural. If you go to London, go to Brixton and if you happen to go to Paris, go to Barbès-Chateaurouge and you will see lol. Hair Salons everywhere. It's just a black thing in a globalized black world lol.

In New York, there are a lot of senegalese peeps on the fifth, inbetween Chinatown and Madison square garden if I remember well. Get you a taste of some "Africaaah" (*in my best Jamie Foxx's vocal impersonation) lmao.

I would say one thing though, education wise, and culturally wise, black people in the US haven't changed too much. They still know what gumbo is and kids are still afraid of belts and shit lmao. It's really not that much different in terms of mentalities.

That's just an aside comment. Don't want to derail the thread too much.
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TAMBIN (also called Fulé by Malinka or Fula flute by Anglophones or Peul flute by Francophones)


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His name comes from the plant from which is traditionally made by the Fulani herdsmen of Fouta Djallon in Guinea, the tambin.

Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori, prince from Fouta Djallon made slave


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MVETT (also written Mvet) of Ekang people (Congo, CAR, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroun)


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The mvett or mvet is a cordophone known since ancient Egypt, and, with the capital letter, it's a set of warrior narratives accompanied by this instrument, forming the culture of Ekangs.

For the legend of the creation of Mvett, Oyono Ada Ngone, was a sage, living During the Ekang migration called "Obane", around 1400.
The Ekangs traveling from north to south were exposed to the deadly attacks of the tribes who hunted them and with whom they were at war.
During one of these attacks Oyono Ada fell in a coma, but his people didn't abandon him. They carried his inert body to south.
However, hope and faith in the future were lost.

During his coma, Oyono Ada saw a superior mind to come to him and talk to him. The spirit gave him "in spirit" a musical instrument that is supposed to awaken the people and restore hope through songs and fabulous stories. Thus was born Mvett. When Oyono Ngone Ada woke up, he explained his strange encounter with the spirit, and began to manufacture the instrument. When the instrument is done, he scrapes on its strings and magic happens. The people found strength and hope in the future. Besides "Mvett" just "a vet", which means "to rise."


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MBIRA (also called in dozens of different ways) of Eastern and Southern Africa people

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In Shona music, the mbira dzavadzimu ("voice of the ancestors", national instrument of Zimbabwe) is a musical instrument that has been played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe for thousands of years. The mbira dzavadzimu is frequently played at religious ceremonies and social gatherings called mabira (singular: "bira").

While playing, the little finger of the right hand is placed through a hole in the bottom right corner of the soundboard, stabilizing the instrument and leaving thumb and index finger of the right hand open to stroke the keys in the right register from above and below. The fingers of the left hand stabilize the left side of the instrument, with most fingers reaching behind the instrument. Both registers on the left side of the instrument are played with the left thumb and sometimes the left forefinger.
Bottle caps, shells, or other objects ("machachara") are often affixed to the soundboard to create a buzzing sound when the instrument is played. In a traditional setting, this sound is considered extremely important, as it is believed to attract the ancestral spirits.

The performer of the "kushaura" (lead mbira part) often acts also as the lead vocalist, selecting a known melody or mbira pattern to accompany selected lyrics, usually a phrase or a few lines of text which are then commented upon improvisationally. The performer of the "kutsinira" (second mbira part) plays a pattern which interlocks with the "kushaura" in a way that creates the repeated notes which identify mbira music. The "kutsinira" part is often the same part as the "kushaura", but played a half a beat later. The mbira players are accompanied by another less active singer who plays the hosho (a rattle) and responds to the improvised lyrics of the singer and, most importantly, embellishes and complements the lead vocal melody.

My virtual trip to Great Zimbabwe






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