Africa's Musical Influences

By Tristan Jones

The Kora


A Kora is a mandinka harp built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a long hardwood neck. The skin is supported by two handles that run under it, and it supports a notched double free-standing bridge. It doesn't fit into any one category of musical instruments, but rather several, and must be classified as a "double-bridge-harp-lute".

How African Music Developed Jazz

Jazz is a African and American pastime, Jazz originated in the late 19th to early 20th century as interpretations of American and European classical music entwined with African and slave folk songs and the influences of West African culture witch caused a whole new brand of music.
1 hour of Jazz music - Relax and enjoy
As we can hear from the first few min. of this jazz music you can see that people of jazz has adapted that jazz first came from Africa.