The following recordings are perfect for introducing young learners to the sound of musical instruments played throughout Africa. Drums such as the djembe, bata, and conga are prevalent within each of these musical selections. Some cuts are traditional; others are contemporary. All give a flavor of African music past and present--and are worth adding to your collection.
When introducing these selections, be certain to highlight that many instruments, such as drums, gourd rattles, guitars, and finger pianos are rooted in African beginnings. Today, these instruments are familiar to many cultures throughout the world. Providing this background information serves as a springboard to embracing African influences as a global connector to diverse cultures.