Sub-Saharan African Music Traditions

Sub-Saharan African music traditions exhibit so many common features that they may in some respects be thought of as constituting a single musical system. While some African music is clearly contemporary-popular music and some is art-music, still a great deal is communal and orally transmitted while still qualifying as a religious or courtly genre.

Read more about Sub-Saharan African Music Traditions:  Music and Dance in Sub-Saharan Societies, Regions, Sahel and Sudan, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Instruments

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