The Sounds of Africa Illustration

Sounds of Africa

Besides singing, chanting, yodeling, and clapping, the sounds of Africa include many musical instructments. Drums are used in nearly all African traditional music. Drums are also used to deliver messages over distances. But back to music - rattles, shakers, rain sticks, bells, and wood sticks are all popular. But Africans also use flutes, and string and wind instruments in their music.

In ancient times, noise was the most important element, the louder the better. Music was almost always accompanied by dance. These were not random sounds. Sounds, like art symbols, had cultural meaning.

Tribes were not the only musicians in Africa. Africa animals also made music of their own with their distinctive sounds.

Hear African Music

Hear an Udu Drum (a pot drum)

Hand Clapping Games with words and directions, and Three Hand Clapping Games and One More - The Splash

Game: Free Interactive Online African Jigsaw Puzzle

Hear Africa Animal Sounds (from the BBC for kids)

How to Make an African Drum (for kids)

Learn More About the Music of Africa for kids