African traditional music is no longer described by the words “din”, “racket”, cacophony”. It is important that this music be accepted and appreciated on its’ own terms.
The aim of the music has never been first and foremost to be aesthetically pleasing. African music aims to express the totality of our lives as human beings – the happiness, the sadness, the anger, the disappointments, the yearning for spiritual union with a Higher Power. Dance is nearly always associated with music making.
Music pervades day to day life in Africa. Children fashion drums from empty cans, make frame drums from discarded materials such as a window frame which is then covered with a piece of animal hide or plastic.