Pan African Orchestra Nana Danso Abiam This week we are in Ghana. Use this opportunity learn as much as you want about traditional Ghanaian music.
I had the opportunity to befriend and study with Bisi in 1990. I was one of his first American students at University of Washington when he was a visiting “master talking drummer” from Nigeria care of U.W. School of Ethnomusicology. It is great to verify he is still inspiring thousands of American musicians with his… Continue reading The Master Talking Drummer
There are many varieties of African xylophones and marimbas. Please become familiar with the West African balafon and the Zimbabwean marimba this week.
Please use the links included on Geography of Africa and Shona Mbira and The Conga and Slave Trade pages for study references. This includes the photos. Here is a practice quiz for week 1 and 2. Take the quiz without reviewing the material first. Is this quiz too easy for the general public? Please let… Continue reading African Music Studies Quiz #1
African Conga Latin Congas This week we want you to become familiar with the conga. This instrument is very common in Cuba. The drum comes from Africa and made a tremendous impact. Find your favorite conga music or musician before the week is over.
LISTENING ASSIGNMENT Shona Mbira Music
I pondered recording original Boom Jungle Wood music each week for this summer school session, like I did last year. I changed my mind. We have ringtones available for iPhones. Please check them out. Safari is my favorite. This is an African Diaspora not for profit charitable project. We appreciate your support. Next, I was… Continue reading School of Ethnomusicology: Africa