Over thousands of years, music has woven through India's rich culture. Though Indian music has changed and diversified, tradition remains strong. This program introduces the origins and cultural relevance of music in India. Indian Classical, Folk and Bollywood melodies and rhythms are discussed. Demonstrations of how to play widely used instruments - the bansuri, tanpura, sitar, tabla, and kinjira - will be of particular interest to music students.
African music permeates the many diverse cultures across the continent. The legacy that African musical traditions have passed to contemporary musicians is rich and varied. From the iconic djembe drum to the distinctive a cappella choir vocals, Africa's music embraces many instruments and rhythms. This program presents a selection of music from the countries of Africa that have impacted movements such as blues, jazz, rock, and rap.