Music Instruments

20 African Music Instruments

Song arrangement is getting so complex and instrumentation so international that it is most of the time difficult to recognise how much Africa has influenced popular music through its rhythms, its styles, its instruments. These are 20 African Music Instruments that...

Obaka (Gabon)

Obaka - Description The album "Lambarena: Bach to Africa" which uses various African instruments in harmony or question-response type to marry the work of Bach and African traditional rhythms describes the Obakas as small wooden percussion beams. Obaka - Sound The...

Gudugudu (Niger)

Description The Gudugudu is a drum instrument ... Sound Listen to the single Gudugudu playing the musical clue in the background of a set of Djerma Dundun drummers from Niger, led by the master drummer Isah Harmani, here recorded by Stephen Jay and extracted from the...

Djembé (Mali)

The Djembe is an African drum instrument of the Mandingo people that dates back to the 12th century  when it was played in the great Mali Empire.It is undoubtedly one of the most known African instruments but also one of the most powerful drums. It is known to be used...

Dundun (Niger)

Dundun - Description The Dundun is an African drum instrument ... Dundun - Sound Listen to a set of Djerma Dundun drummers from Niger, led by the master drummer Isah Harmani, here recorded by Stephen Jay and extracted from the album "West Africa: Drum Chant &...