The Influence of Music

In response to a daily prompt…

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Wherever you go in Africa, you’ll find rhythm. Unlike China and America, Africa exudes a simple rhythm; a strikingly basic one; and it is not generated by small plastic objects with LED lights and earphone plugs. In Africa the beat often blends so smoothly with the background that one has to concentrate to be able to hear it. Only then do you realise that Africa is, in fact, rhythm.

Of course, music is part of this pulse. So is the flapping of a big bird’s wings; or the stampede of hooves across the Serengeti. You can hear it in the beat in a thousand waterfalls, or in the tapping of a humble toktokkie. Africa is filled with it. And people – even people – contribute to the repeated melody that makes Africa so unique.So do events, wars and history. It’s been like that since the dawn of creation. It’ll…

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4 thoughts on “The Influence of Music

  1. newsferret

    That is what I so enjoyed during my stay of some years in the heart of Africa and also there after during my many visits to various countries. Amazing one finds in central Africa quite a resemblance to Brazilian music.

    1. Amos van der Merwe Post author

      Music remains the only language all people understand – and yes, Africa is full of inventive musicians. Do you think the Spanish and Portuguese left influences in South America and Africa? Sounds plausible…


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