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Embedding the Traditional Concept of Community within Contemporary, Indigenous Musical Arts Training in Africa

In most indigenous African cultures the community, and collaboration within it, is the foundation of existence. The notion of collaborative learning is therefore deeply embedded in tradition, and is certainly nothing new in the context of music education. The communal culture is grounded in the belief that every construction, innovation or invention has to take into consideration its implications for humanity, making sure that any possible adverse effects are minimal. This is also applicable to musical arts constructs and practices. The ‘musical arts’, here referring to the disciplines of music, dance and drama and also, to some extent, certain visual arts manifestations, derive from the same stream of ideas about collaboration and creativity.