Music by West African and Afro-American musicians.

The new music

Vieux Diop (pronounced "Via Jo") is a master of the kora, a 21-stringed instrument indigenous to West Africa. Listen to "JALI":

The Dogon people of Mali are amazing drummers. Listen to their fantastic drum sound:

A Dogon drum.

These drum masters from Liberia demonstrate the Fanga rhythm.

A small Gio war drum, Liberia. 

A war drum photographed by the Mecklenburg-Schwerin expedition of 1907/08.

Some West African musical tracks:

Music from the Ténéré desert of Niger, Mali and Mauritania:

Exciting scenes from remote Niger: Guez band, "Roumji":

Cameroon, 1912.

A Congo musician.

The ubaw-akwala of the Igbo.

A photograph taken in west central Africa by the Herbert Lang expedition to the Congo,  1913.

Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté perform live at Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels (below):

Wooden bell from the Ibibio people of eastern Nigeria.

Bamana circumcision musical instrument. This instrument is used during the celebration marking the return of the young circumcised to the village. Kelea, Sikasso region, Mali. Early 20th century.

Whistle from Cameroon/Nigeria.

A flute of the Gurunsi people of Burkina Faso. 

Fang harp with twin heads, early 20th century. Wood, hide, fiber. [From the Yale University Collection.]

A Ngombi (arched harp) from the Fang/Kele people of Gabon. 

Punu harp from Gabon.

Harp from Congo; wood, leather and plant fiber. 20th century.

Guitar from Cameroon. Wood, animal hide, metal and fiber.. Height: 29 1/2 in. (75 cm).

A Kalimba.

A thumb piano collected in 1867. 

A thumb piano made by the Pygmies.

A Bwa xylophone from Mali.

A rattle bracelet from Cameroon or Chad. Clay covered with leather. This has balls within it that as you shake it around it rattles.

Double Bell, Cameroon. Iron. Late 19th century. Height: 33 cm (13 in.); Diam. of each: 6.4 cm (2-1/2 in.).


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