Music of Africa

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African music

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Other areas: Canary Islands | Madeira Islands | Mayotte | Réunion | Saint Helena | Western Sahara | Music of North Africa

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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Popular music

Main article: Popular music

African popular music includes an array of teen idols, boy bands and girl groups, as well as numerous practitioners of imported rock and roll, soul and hip hop. Most distinctively, however, Africa has also produced indigenous styles of popular music which are known across the continent, and further abroad.

Some countries, such as Egypt, have popular traditions which have little fame outside of their homeland.

African hip hop

Main article: African hip hop

African jazz

Main article: African jazz

African reggae

Main article: African reggae

Afrobeat

Main article: Afrobeat

Benga

Main article: Benga

Bikutsi

Main article: Bikutsi

Chimurenga

Main article: Chimurenga

Classical Arab music

Main article: Classical Arab music

Cuban music in Africa

Main article: Cuban music in Africa

Fuji

Main article: Fuji

Gnawa

Main article: Gnawa

Griot

Main article: Griot

Gumbe

Main article: Gumbe

Highlife

Main article: Highlife

Highlife is a type of music that originated in Ghana and spread to other West African English-speaking countries near the end of the 19th century. It is characterized by jazzy horns and multiple guitars which lead the band.

Juju

Main article: Juju

Kwela

Main article: Kwela

Makossa

Main article: Makossa

Marabi

Main article: Marabi

Marrabenta

Main article: Marrabenta

Mbalax

Main article: Mbalax

Morna

Main article: Morna

Palm-wine

Main article: Palm-wine

Raï

Main article: Raï

Sega

Main article: Sega

Soukous

Main article: Soukous

Taarab

Main article: Taarab

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