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How much do you know about African Music?

You already love Hip Hop and Jazz, but have you ever wondered about the African traditions that inspired their awesome rhythms? 

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    What region/country's musical tradition inspired the "birth of the blues" in the United States?
    • A.
      Egypt 
    • B.
      Mali
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      South Africa
    • D.
      Ethiopia
  • 2.
    Which region shares its name with a popular drum that originated there?
    • A.
      Zulu
    • B.
      Sahara
    • C.
      Kalahari
    • D.
      Congo/a
      (Correct Answer)
  • 3.
    Much as music was an important part of the Civil Rights movement in the United States, in which country did music play an important role in toppling racist "apartheid" laws?
    • A.
      South Africa
      (Correct Answer)
    • B.
      Gambia
    • C.
      Morocco
    • D.
      Sudan
  • 4.
    On which island do Indian, Southeast Asian, and African musical cultures blend together and inspire people to "move it"? 
    • A.
      Seychelles
    • B.
      Madagascar
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Comoros
    • D.
      Sao Tome
  • 5.
    Which historic pirate paradise is the birthplace of "Rai" music's mix of Arabic scales and synthesized disco effects? 
    • A.
      Somalia
    • B.
      Cape Town
    • C.
      Algeria
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      Ivory Coast
  • 6.
    Which religious traditions have influenced Ethiopian music?
    • A.
      Rastafarian
    • B.
      Orthodox Christianity
    • C.
      Judaism
    • D.
      All of the above
      (Correct Answer)
  • 7.
    Which instruments originated in Africa?
    • A.
      Djembe, marimba, vuvuzela
      (Correct Answer)
    • B.
      Violin, viola, cello
    • C.
      Guitar, banjo, ukulele
    • D.
      Trumpet, trombone, tuba
  • 8.
    No matter which region of Africa you visit, which of the following is likely to accompany the music you hear? 
    • A.
      Food
    • B.
      Politics
    • C.
      Dancing
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      Religion
  • 9.
    Which of the following music traditions was featured in albums by Paul Simon? 
    • A.
      Berber Music
    • B.
      Township Jive and Mbaqanga
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Congolese Rumba
    • D.
      Taarab
  • 10.
    Which African dance form did the Cuban rumba originate from?
    • A.
      Patpat from Senegal
    • B.
      Eskista from Ethiopia
    • C.
      Aduma from the Massai
    • D.
      Soukous from the Congo
      (Correct Answer)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    0 to 3 correct:
    Novice -
    You've learned a few things about African music, but there's lots more still to learn!
  • 2.
    4 to 7 correct:
    Silver Medalist -
    You've learned a lot already--almost there!
  • 3.
    8 to 10 correct:
    Expert -
    Way to go! You've got the rhythm and the beat of African music in your bones!