Africa's Musical Influences: Drums

By Morgan Markus


There are many different types of drums, but one of the most common drums in Africa is known as the djembe. Tribes in Africa use drums for many occasions, including weddings, naming ceremonies, and even for healing the sick.
Babatunde African Drum Performance.


African music has contributed to the development of many types of American music, including jazz. When slaves were brought to America, some expressed themselves by singing and playing instruments. Later, African American music blended with European music to create jazz. In some jazz songs, there is a distinct African drum sound in the background.Below, you can hear the drumming throughout the video.
Art ensemble of Chicago in Warsaw 1982 - part1