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Sub-Saharan Africa book
Music is a vital aspect of the daily lives of people throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Even the most mundane tasks, such as canceling stamps at the post office, pounding millet, or walking are made enjoyable by putting them into the rhythms of music. The importance of the collective community that characterizes traditional African life is reflected in three main activities associated with music: communal dance, call-and-response singing, and the use of polyrhythm in instrumental performance. This chapter examines drumming traditions from Ghana, the type of African music perhaps most familiar to the outside world. Africans themselves perceive of polyrhythmic music, understanding the intricacies of individual timeline patterns leads to a greater appreciation of the music's complexity. The music of the jali offers proof of the diversity of African music, which is frequently stereotyped by outsiders as revolving around drumming. A general reference to lamellophones found throughout Africa, in particular those common to the Shona and other ethnic groups from Zimbabwe.