African music on the whole is culturally controlled,meaning it is planned in relation to the activities and requirements of everyday life.
The use of music in a social or private event may possibly be either customary or impromptu.
On majority of occasions,traditional African musical activities are mostly combined with such fixed occasions as rites,religious celebrations and festivals.
The spontaneous music making usually emerges in the private and recreational arenas.
Traditionally,there exist rigid protocol in regards to roles,responsibilities,general framework and performance.
The instruments,songs and texts in spontaneous music,with some exceptions,enjoy significant free expressions.
Funerals,marriages,rites of cult groups such as warrior associations,shared labour,and worship of the gods,all come under the umbrella of traditional music activities.
On many occasions,the musical activity itself, takes up much of the actual time of the proceeding.
The shrine,the village square,the street,the courtyard,or the chief's palace,all contribute to the musical centres of African communities.
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