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African music

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Africa is a large and diverse continent, consisting of dozens of countries, hundreds of languages and thousands of races, tribes and ethnic groups. As such, there is little that can be said that applies to all the music of Africa, as there is no distinctly pan-African tradition of folk or classical music of any kind; the only shared form of musical expression is popular. Nevertheless, there are regional similarities between dissimilar groups, as well as popular trends known across the continent.

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African Music (183 words)
, indigenous African musical and dance expressions that are maintained by oral tradition and that are stylistically distinct from the music and dance of both the Arabic cultures of North Africa and the Western settler populations of southern Africa.
African music and dance, therefore, are cultivated largely by societies in sub-Saharan Africa.
Similarly, the music of East Africa is distinguished from that of Central Africa by a number of instruments, and from that of southern Africa, which traditionally emphasizes certain kinds of choral organization and complex forms of musical bows.
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