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African popular music


African popular music, like African traditional music, is vast and varied. Most contemporary genres of African popular music build on cross-pollination with western popular music. Many genres of popular music like blues, jazz, salsa, zouk, and rumba derive to varying degrees on musical traditions from Africa, taken to the Americas by African slaves. These rhythms and sounds have subsequently been adapted by newer genres like rock, and rhythm and blues. Likewise, African popular music has adopted elements, particularly the musical instruments and recording studio techniques of western music.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Diasporas (2005)

Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World. Volume I: Overviews and Topics; Volume II: Diaspora Communities by Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

Modern African popular music is a vibrant component of immigrant culture. Heard in stores, in African cafes and bars, in people's homes and cars, it is the musical backdrop to all immigrants' lives. Congo jazz became famous in Africa in the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Popular Music (2017)

by Norman Abjorensen

Music in the Mix: The Story of South African Popular Music. Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1981. Barlow, Sean, and Banning Eyre.

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