The African Musical Instruments book contains twenty-one instruments from mainly sub-Saharan Africa with an illustration and information on each. These introduce ideas of cultural values and customs, spirituality and beliefs, creativity, artisan skill and the technologies that go into producing the instrument, rather than learning about any of these in isolation. This coupled with the instruments themselves provide endless fun and child participation whilst at the same time learning about new interesting cultures through a creative medium.
Not only this, but the book contains an introduction into the role of music in African culture; types and regions of African music; instrument classification; a glossary; and the spread of African music beyond the continent and into the diaspora, who held onto their culture in the Americas laying the foundations for new types of music and indeed Western pop music.
"...it puts into context what we mainly learn about black history at school by showing the very culture people were fighting to hold on to..."
"...celebrating the long African history and culture looking at the great kingdoms of Songhai, Great Zimbabwe, the Empire of Mali and Ancient Egypt..."
It’s an important tool which will help to instil cultural knowledge, pride, and a positive self image and identity. It also puts into context what we mainly learn about black history at school by showing the very culture people were fighting to hold on to; we see how this was the foundation for resistance in the various global civil rights movements and chattel slavery. But it’s not about fighting! – it’s about celebrating the long African history and culture looking at the great kingdoms of Songhai, Great Zimbabwe, the Empire of Mali and Ancient Egypt.
Make this black history month as fun, positive and informative as can be!
ISBN: African Musical Instruments Book - 9781627761420
African Musical Instruments Book: Colouring Book - 9781627762502
African Patterns Colouring Book - 9781627768214
Available via the website, Nielsen, Amazon and Waterstones.
Discounts for school bulk orders and a selection of *instruments available.
*Fairly traded, and ethically produced by African artisans and craftspeople.
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