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The Music of Africa

Resources for my Thinglink Project

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This World Music--African Drumming

This World Music--African Drumming

This website focuses on the different drums and drum patterns of Western Africa. I chose this website because not only does it play different drums for you, but there is also some information about each instrument and what it looks like. Along with the information, this website is an interactive multitrack African drumming mixer. This allows people to play the track and mute some or all of the instruments so they can either know what each instrument sounds like, or they can create the sound they like best.

http://thisworldmusic.com/gahu-african-drumming-and-dance-from-ghana/

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African Music Encyclopedia

African Music Encyclopedia

This website is a quick resource for everything to do with African music. Whether it be different terms or musical ideas, this website has it all. I chose this website because it is a good source in general for my students if they want to look up something specific about African music or artists. This has it all in one place rather than searching in Google all the time. This website gives students a chance to explore a little more about African music as well.
http://africanmusic.org/

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Gullah Music

Gullah Music

The focus of this website is for educational purposes. The part that I linked is all about Gullah music and how African music has transformed in America. This website is geared for younger students. I chose this website because there is a lot of interaction and the "musical journey" goes through how African music has changed right here in America which I think the students will like. Students learn about slavery in America before they get too in-depth with the history of other countries, so I think this idea is easier for students to fit into a schema of what they already know.

http://www.knowitall.org/series/gullah-music

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Discover the Music

Discover the Music

The focus of this website is to expose users to the different musical groups in East Africa, focusing on Uganda and Kenya. I chose this website because there are a lot of musical examples that students can look through and listen to. Also, there is an interactive map, so if a students clicks on a specific marker point on a map, they'll know exactly what part of Africa that music is from. This website is also easy to follow and has lots of visuals.

http://www.singingwells.org/groups/

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History of African Rhythms

History of African Rhythms

This website is actually for a drumming school, but it has a lot of good information about African drumming and the history behind it. I chose this website because it offers a lot of good information about different rhythms in African drumming and where different ideas came from in African music. It also shows how African music has influenced other music that we listen to today. Although there is some information that is not relevant for my academic classroom, I still think it offers a lot of great information that is easy to follow and read.

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The Musical Traditions and Culture of Africa

The Musical Traditions and Culture of Africa

The focus on this website is actually to get people to go on a trip to various places such as Africa. The part that I have linked talks about the brief music history of each of Africa's regions. I chose tis website because even though the main purpose is not to learn more about Africa, I like that students can come to this page and compare the different regions of Africa in one spot. There is a common misconception that all African music is the same, and I think this overview gives good insight as to how it is different.

http://www.wakanow.com/ng/pages/The-Musical-Traditions-and-Culture-of-Africa#.WAFGcyMrJVs

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Traditional African Music

Traditional African Music

The focus of this YouTube playlist is to show traditional African music from all across Africa. I chose this website because these are audio examples of African music. The best way to compare different kinds of music is by listening to them. I thought this link would go great with the one that talks about music in the different regions because there you get a verbal description where as in this YouTube playlist you can hear the differences. I thought overall this would be an enjoyable link for students.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCD7241365D07765B

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African Music Safari

African Music Safari

The purpose of this website is to learn more about Africa and its people through the music. Music is such a big part of Africa and has greatly influenced the happenings of this continent. I chose this website because it is super easy to follow and is visually pleasing. My favorite part about this website is the fact that it splits Africa into different regions and has information tabs and videos on each region. This is an easy way to compare the different regions of Africa and how the music differs.

http://www.african-music-safari.com/

Kusun Djembe Drum circle

Drum Circles are such a huge part of African culture. The purpose of this video is to show what a drum circle can look like. I picked this video because many students might not know what an African drum circle is or what it looks like. This video is a way to show them a possibility. It does not give much educational information, but I think having a visual for them is a good start.

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Music of Africa--New World Encyclopedia

Music of Africa--New World Encyclopedia

This website focuses on giving more information about any topic under the stars. I clicked on the music of Africa and it gave a ton of helpful information that I think is easy for students to follow along with. I chose this website because I think there is a lot of good, quality information about African music. It talks about traditional African music, the components (rhythm, texture, etc.), and instruments. This is a first good source for students to look at before they check out all of the other websites. Everything is easy to follow with big headings and bolded words.

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Music_of_Africa