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African Culture

Africa, a continent diverse in cultures, tribes, and traditions, has been on the margins of history books for extended periods. Other reasons are the lack of interest of researchers in the most underdeveloped region of the world and the long history of important colonization reasons. Africa is an exciting continent with amazing stories to tell the rest of the world.

Rural communities in Eastern, Western, and Southern Africa are home to many farmers. They rely nearly exclusively on the food they grow themselves to survive. Outdoor marketplaces often provide traditional African meals for purchase. Couscous is a preferred side dish in nations like Morocco and Algeria when it is combined with meat and veggies. People frequently cultivate and consume cassava, maize, millet, and plantains in Western Africa. You will discover that African nations are very traditional and that most women and girls prepare meals. In some African countries, including Kenya, where drinking tea is popular, colonization has also impacted consumers’ food and beverage options.

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In Africa, there are thousands of indigenous languages and dialects. Even the smaller African nations have their native tongues. However, many people are fluent in Creole or Pidgin English, Portuguese, or French dialects because many African nations were formerly European colonies. Arabic is spoken throughout Northern Africa, but Swahili is the most common language in East Africa.

The foundation of many types of music that are currently practiced worldwide is found in African music. Africa’s music and traditions directly impacted the three major continents of North America, Europe, and South America. Many enslaved Black people were transported to South and North America during the dark era of slavery and colonization. Nearly all of South America’s countries were colonized by enslaved Black people who brought their musical instruments and cultural traditions. During that time, this traditional African music became part of traditional music in their places and mixed with other regional music, and new types of folk music were born. In North America also, African music resulted in Blues and then, later, into Jazz.

With the diversity in African culture, it is marvelous that the African fabric has woven the diversities , ethnicities, languages and cultures till now with great integrity.