Text 7 May Idiophones
  • Of all the instruments in Africa, idiophones are the most common
  • Idiophones are made without stretched membranes or vibrating strings
  • Can be used where drums are not available 
  • More than just musical, they may be used to convey a verbal message, gather people, in religious ceremonies, for agricultural purposes.  
Text 6 May Concussion vs. Percussion

CONCUSSION: a “concussion sound” is produced when two parts of an instrument are hit together so that all those parts are active

PERCUSSION: a “percussion sound” results from one part making the sound

Video 6 May

(source: Nigerian Musical Instruments by W. Wilberforce C. Echezona)

Link 5 May Kinobe and Soulbeat Africa»

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  • vocals, percussion, and guitar
  • Kinobe Herbert is from Uganda and began playing music at 5; at 10 he was publicly performing music; specializes in drums and kalimba
  • Soulbeat Africa is the band name and the other members are from different countries in Africa
Photo 25 Apr Frame xylophone.
(source: The Music of Africa by J.H. Kwabena Nketia)

Frame xylophone.

(source: The Music of Africa by J.H. Kwabena Nketia)

Video 24 Apr

Alfred Kpebesaane of Ghana plays a xylophone whose wooden keys are laid over clay pots which serve as sound resonators.

Photo 24 Apr Xylophone photographed in Northwestern Ghana.  The wooden keys are laid over banana stems.   

Xylophone photographed in Northwestern Ghana.  The wooden keys are laid over banana stems.   


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