Swahili Traditional Music and Instruments

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Dance, music and musical instruments all play a role in the Swahili culture.  The different regions have different dances, songs and instruments.  However, many of the traditional instruments are percussion and include variations of the following:

The Taarab is a popular genre of music descended from Islamic roots, using instruments from Africa (percussion), Europe (guitar), Arab Middle East (oud and qanun) and East Asia (taishokoto). It is sung poetry and is used at weddings and other traditional occasions.