Music of West Africa

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The influence of The Music of West Africa can be found in music elsewhere. Griots, wandering musicians, are found throughout the region.


There are commonly drums found in West African music. The main types of drums in Western Africa are the Djembe and the Talking Drum. Also an instrument named the Balafon is very often found in West African music, such as Yiri. There are String instruments found throughout the region. These include the Kora, Ngoni, and the Xalam.


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Music of Burkina Faso

Music of Cape Verde

Music of The Gambia

Music of Ghana

Music of Guinea

Music of Guinea-Bissau

Music of Ivory Coast

Music of Liberia

Music of Mali

Music of Mauritania

Music of Niger

Music of Nigeria

Music of Senegal

Music of Sierra Leone

Music of Togo