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African Diaspora: How Musical Instruments helped shape the African Culture

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Drums, bells, fiddles, and other musical instruments helped shape the African culture. Music was a scapegoat to freedom and happiness for Africans, as well as a motivator for dance.  

Gourd head banjo

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wooden drum used on the Sea Islands, South Carolina

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Gourd Folk Fiddle

National Museum of American History