Musical Ancestries™: West Africa
Musical Ancestries™ is a program created to inspire school-aged children to explore their musical and cultural heritage and develop an appreciation for others’ traditions. It is designed to create a pathway to understanding and acceptance as children explore the great diversity of our community.
This episode is devoted to the instruments, music, and storytelling traditions of West Africa, highlighting the countries of Guinea, Mali, Benin, and Ghana. Listeners travel with characters Akisha and her Nana through West Africa as they visit musicians, explore traditional instruments and discover the value of Akisha’s musical roots. Each area the pair visits brings different “colors” to music that is as diverse as the African landscape itself, yet resonates with the pride of their ancestry.
The resources below include an audio recording of the radio broadcast, the full script for the broadcast, a list of related resources in the community, and lesson prompts that can be accessed through the content boxes on this page. Incorporated into the Prezi presentation below are visual images, maps, audio clips, text and hands-on activities that students, teachers and parents can use to enhance their learning experience. In addition, the See It, Hear It, Do It format fully engages the child in learning. National Standards addressed are noted in their section of the Prezi presentation.