Music from Africa to America

Describe the role of music in African and African American communities.

Music has always had a serious role in African and African American Communities. Music was used as an avenue for expression of group sentiments. Like the book says “ music in traditional West and Central African contexts accompanies all major events, including royal functions, religious and life cycle rituals, community festivals, as well as occupational, recreational, and leisure activities.”

Describe the way music is created, performed, and experienced in African and African American communities

Music is created, performed, and experienced in African and African American Communities by something called the musical process. Including call–response and polyrhythmic organization.

Describe the ways in which the desired timbre in African and African American music differs from that of European-derived traditions.

Desired timbre in African and African American Music differs from that of European- derived traditions. Like the book says “Accounts of encounters between Europeans and Africans during the period of the Atlantic slave trade reveal that musicians of African descent often produced musical timbres similar to those common in performances of African music that were, thus, unfamiliar to their Western captors

Identify the two most common musical structures found in African and African American music. In what ways do they reflect the communal and interactive approach to making music?

The first most common structures is Shout songs such as gospel, blues. The second one is Line Hymn where one line is sung by the lead singer and the other by the crowd