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Unfortunately, there are no vestigial remains of African musical instruments other than those illustrations in Egypt portrayed

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The genesis of modern western instruments can be traced back to the development of African instruments. The statement the genesis of modern western instruments can be traced back to the development of African instruments basically indicates that the origins of the music we use today come from the developments from Africa. To look at this statement briefly one may say that it is a very untrue statement. Even when studied briefly one will still say that it is very untrue. But when studied in detail, the continent of Africa was responsible for the development of the simple categories of the aerophones, membranophones and the chordophones. Music is such an important part of African life and always has been therefore the people used whatever they could to make their music. Egypt, a country on the continent of Africa then developed these instruments further as it had the resources and was a wealthier to the rest of Africa. There are few remains of African instruments, only very few stone ones have been found in the tombs in Egypt. Most of the history of the instrument is relied upon paintings and sculptures found in Egypt. ...read more.

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Many African instruments are made of very perishable material, therefore the ancient Egyptian paintings and sculptured must be looked at and relied upon as to the instruments used at that period of time., Mr. Bernard Fagg, the keeper of Antiquities at Joss, located stone gongs in Nigeria which he claimed may have been used melodically if not used merely as single gongs. These gongs were large ironstone boulders which produced a musical sound.1 The Egyptians had for centuries been held unmusical and their country had been called the land of the sistrums. These were thought to have been their principal instrument until the English traveler Robert Bruce in 1773 discovered pictures of beautiful harps, lyres, nofres and other instruments on the walls of the ancient royal tombs of Thebes. From Egypt the more advanced instruments spread through the rest of Africa. The most probable reason for Egypt having the most advanced form of instrumentation was the fact that it was richer and had more resources than the rest of Africa. The Pharaoh's of the time were very much keen on music and made sure a lot of resources went into this entity. ...read more.

Conclusion

This instrument then leads to the development of the lute which again can be said to have been developed in Africa. In turn the lute was the basis of the development of the guitar. In Africa little one note whistles made out of wood hollows were used and are the basis of what the flute is today.. Therefore it can be said that the origins of drums, harps, lutes, lyres, guitars and all string instruments originate from the simple aerophones, membranophones and chordophones. 5 Many important modern instruments played today can be traced back to the origins of the simple membranophones, aerophones and chordophones developed in Africa. It is primitive to say that all instruments originated from Africa as lots of countries played a major role in the development of musical instruments as we know them today. But it is fair to say after research that many instruments developed from the simple forms that came from Africa. To this day many Africans still only use simple forms of instruments as their style of music only need this. Africans do not focus so much on their instruments but instead of the rhythm of their music. So their instrument serves very simple but grounding purposes. Many modern instruments can be traced back to the development of the simpler associates in the continent of Africa. ...read more.

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