Music, dance and story telling are among the forms of art that have been kept century after century in Africa. Everyday life activities in traditional Africa included music and many other cultural experiences. Music and dance were traditions that characterized an African musical expression and played an important role in the lives of the people.The traditional music of Africa possessed a distinguishing feature of rhythmic complexity like no other continent. Music was highly functional in ethnic life, accompanying birth, marriage, hunting and even political activities.Before the 20th century, music was very different when compared to the 21st century music. Special occasions owned a distinctive type of African music.
As well as many other religions/likewise, traditional religions belong to those, whom practicing and celebrating life-cycle rituals play an essential role throughout the one’s life. In Africa; for example, the most popular yet well-known rituals such as, birth, coming of age, marriage, and death in general concepts are reasonably extensive between each other. First, the native African civilizations and their pattern of performing life-cycle practices are frequently initiated as some type of contributions to the familial/ancestral spirits. These offered gifts are a combination of food such as pumpkins, honey, and yams, with different beverages; for example, water or something stronger left at the worship places “… taken out and poured over the ancestral, burial ground” (Sinaiko, xli). Therefore, birth as a first ritual plays an important part, and shortly after birth, it is crucial to name a newborn baby.
Compare and contrast how Duffy and Lochhead explore aspects of the natural world in two of the poems you have studied. ‘The Dolphins’ by Carol Ann Duffy and ‘The Beekeeper’ by Liz Lochhead both explore aspects of the natural world very skilfully in their poetry. Their focus is largely similar where it is ‘the man’ in Duffy’s poem and ‘The Beekeeper’ in Lochhead’s who have ultimate control over the animals. However, they express their views in a very different manner, where both work equally well to explore the theme. It is important to examine the title of each poem in order to help appreciate how the poet will portray the theme.
An illusion of the creation of a human life is being meshed together in this distinct piece of work. It is a portrait of an artist fighting solely for freedom using the power of music as his weapon. The tiny pictures that make up this portrait are in both color and black and white and together show inspiring details from the life of Robert Nesta Marley. Masses of colorful records, which represent the lyrics intended to motivate listeners everywhere, make up the darkness of Marley’s dreadlocks. His dreadlocks are a mark of freedom and represent the Lion of Judah.
The word “lore” means - knowledge gained through tradition. The main purpose of a folk lore is to help us, as the readers, understand the nature of something or someone better. African folk tales are usually portrayed by a trickster figure. A trickster figures is an animal character endowed with human qualities; whose mischievous ways and extraordinary capabilities create problems for the other characters in the tales. Take the story of “The Elephant and the Tortoise,” written by Francesca Martin, for instance.
The continent of Africa is very diverse in its culture. Not only are there culture variations from one country to another, but within an individual country as well. Much of Africa’s cultural activity centers on family and ethnic groups. Art, music and oral literature serve to reinforce existing religious and social patterns. Many of Africa’s inhabitants are of indigenous origin, which contributes to the scientific notation that Africa was the birthplace of all human species.
Several different forms include: masks, soapstone carvings, walking canes, ebony carvings, jewelry, musical instruments, and music. Masks are a very big part of African tribes’ culture and religion. Masks were worn in harvest festivals, initiation rites, war preparations, peace gatherings, and ceremonies for reunions, deaths, births, and marriage. The masks were typically made of wood, bronze, brass, copper, and ivory, and decorated using, colored beads, bone, animal skins and vegetable fibers. Soapstone carvings are usually found and made in Kenya.
It is the sound of the drum and the rhythms that are said to provide the “heartbeat” of the dance. Of the various drums different tribes used in their dances, the bougaragou was the most popular and frequently used. Many groups also trained singers in order to provide intricate harmonies to go in combination with the powerful strikes of the drum. Some major changes came to African dancing throughout the slave trade era. The 1500’s were the beginning of slave labor as the Africans were brought to North and South
Secondly, in the myth “Why there are Cracks in Tortoise’s Shell”, personification is used when Mr. Tortoise answered, “No, I shan’t sprout any wings because I was not born that way.” This quote shows the use of personification because the narrator gave Mr. Tortoise the ability to talk. Lastly, personification is the most commonly used themes in African myths because adding personification brings a more entertaining perspective to the myth that keeps readers interested. Also, another one of the most commonly used Archetypes in African Myths is Heroes. Firstly, in the Myth “The Fire on the Mountain”, heroism is used when the old wise man says, “If you do this you will survive, no matter how bitter the night wind.” Heroism is used to show that the main character of the myth is the “underdog” going against is wealthy boss who’s the “bully.” The hero
Amazingly each country in Africa has its own unique culture, traditions and language, with regards to daily living. African culture is incredibly interesting because country has a mixture of different tribes with their own cultural practices, traditions and languages. African tradition is expressed through Music, Art, and Literature. Different songs are used during different occasions. They also use music as a way of conveying