Music and Dance in African Religions

Music and dance provide a means by which trance and possession can be attained within religious ritual. The essay shall therefore firstly address the ways in which music and then dance are related to trance and possession, and later look at the social and cultural aspects of music and dance.

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African Classical Music

The word classical is not reserved for things originating from Europe. Most cultures produce classical works in all aspects of the arts. So the higher arts of any traditional society can therefore be called classical works. Classical African American music means art-forms like jazz. Africa have a very ancient traditional of African classical music going back to before the royal courts of Sundiata.

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