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Bells, drums, guitars, likembes (thumb pianos), strung bows, trumpets, and xylophones are just some of the many instruments played by people in Africa. The music of Africa is a part of all aspects of life. All forms of instruments, such as string, wind, and percussion, originated in Africa.

Drums are a common instrument, but some parts of Africa have few trees, so you will find flutes and trumpets in treeless areas.

Many African songs are work chants that are sung while the seeds are being planted or the crops are being harvested. The smallest children are taught to sing and dance. They may be taught to play music and even build their own instruments.

The radio of Africa is known for both traditional roots as well as modern instruments playing western classical, jazz, rock and reggae.

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