"African music" is a term that encompasses a wide range of musical traditions and styles that originate from the continent of Africa. The diverse cultures and communities that make up the continent have developed their own unique forms of music, influenced by a variety of factors such as geography, history, and religion.

One of the defining characteristics of African music is its use of complex rhythms. Many African music traditions feature intricate drum patterns and percussive elements that drive the music forward. African music also often incorporates polyphony, with multiple melodies played at the same time. This can be heard in the use of multiple vocal parts or the layering of different instruments.

Another feature of African music is the use of call-and-response patterns, where a lead singer or instrument is answered by a chorus or ensemble. This creates a sense of interaction and participation between the performers and the audience.

African music also incorporates elements of local instruments such as the kora, xylophone, and mbira. These instruments are often unique to specific regions or communities and have been passed down through generations.

Singing in local languages is also a common feature of African music. This gives the music a sense of cultural identity and allows for the expression of specific stories, ideas, and emotions.

Overall, African music is incredibly diverse and rich in tradition. It reflects the many cultures, languages and history of the continent, with influences from different regions, cultures and time.

Free African music

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Original Soundtrack of the short movie "Romeos Erbe".
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Epic track with lots of percussion on the theme of Africa
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African Drums and Percussion
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Relaxing and peaceful track, slow, calm and delicate.
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The series especially for filmmakers: tension-filled, non-intrusive rady to go background music, atmos and effects for any mood. With an extended license you get all 6 single channels to adjust the sound individually to your film project.
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Strong rhythms from Africa with vocals and interesting percussions. Useful for holiday videos.
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A basic layer of bongos. Useful for lots of things! Progresses towards the end. Ends very abrupt, which makes it perfect for cross-fading and looping. Reminds me of some of the original Playstation game levels.
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Dreamy piece for a relaxed and fairy atmosphere
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A very happy and motivational piece with African percussion, and of course - THE MARIMBA! Orchestral strings added towards the end, for feel-good feeling. I can see this being used in a huge variety of joyful things, and it will most likely make your audience feel even better.
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I wrote this track in 1997 and felf it needs to mature over the years. I love writing my own music and also production it. I only wish i could record this track in a much better studio with professional equipment.
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Desert theme with Middle Eastern/North African elements, and lots of epicness. Perfect for those maps/scenes in your game/film that takes place somewhere sandy.
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African-inspired orchestral piece. Really happy and percussive. Umoja is more like a hybrid of world music and cinematic music. There’s no overflow of this hybrid genre in the world, even though it’s really cool. If your content is epic, and located in these parts of the world - go for...
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One thing we have figured out while exploring Mars is that it has some really cruel sandstorms. Sandstorms that can threaten all equipment sent there. The planet has global sandstorms that can cover it entirely in sand and dust. Try listening to this piece, while closing your eyes and imagine...