Sounds and Music has spread to such an extent that it is affecting everyone in the modern era. Everyone enjoys listening to music despite of any religious or cultural background. Let us first define the word Music. Dictionary.com defines music in the following words: "An art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color”. Sounds and Music play an important role in my country.
Music is a common cultural element in every society. In African, music forms the backbone of our cultural heritage in that it permeates all our daily activities. The African is born, named, initiated, fortified, fed, nurtured and buried with music (Aduonum, 1980). African traditional music goes beyond mere entertainment. In most African countries, traditional music were used in the past to store history by rhyming the words.
This strategy must be working quite well for them considering they have been the most dominant ethnic group in Africa for quite some time. Something that differentiates their culture from any other culture could be their multiple types of art, such as, pottery, drumming, beadwork, weaving, and creating shrines to worship their god’s and honour their ancestors. Yoruba’s are passionate about their rituals and beliefs and they are able to show this through their artwork. Around forty percent of these people are committed to the religion of Islam, another forty percent dedicated to Christianity, and the last twenty percent worship the traditional Yoruba religion which consists of a large amount of different gods such as, Shango, god of thunder and lightning, Ogun, god of iron and war, and a many others as
India is one of the oldest and richest civilizations in the world that has been able to transfer all of its cultural beauty until recent days. It is a country dominated by diversity, and all the generalizations about this society should be treated with due attention. Diversity can be identified also in business environments; In fact, Indians attitude is strongly shaped by culture and religion. Making business in India means understanding their way of life and their culture; Therefore, this paper analyzes Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, as well as important ingredients that could be helpful in creating strong and long lasting relationships within a business context. The culture of India is unique, and with an amazing diversity throughout the entire country.
Even though they differ, they all share in the belief of one supreme God who made heaven and earth. I found a good article written by Jacob K. Olumpona, who was a Professor and a noted scholar of indigenous African religions. In 2007, he received the Nigerian National Order of Merit, which is one of the most prestigious honors that a person can be awarded. Some of the highlights he wrote about regarding traditional African religions is as follows: African traditional religion is a way of life that is related to society and cultures and is constantly reacting to a variety of societal influences. The religions are based more on what is happening in a person’s life and based less on faith.
They live in an organized and well knit community. Each tribe has their unique values system which traditionally they closely adhere to. The varied culture and traditions performed in each tribe are portrayed as distinctive and beautiful through literature. The word ‘tribal’ is used by the modern society to refer to the native people of a place. Tribal people are the indigenous population of the land and are referred with different names in each continent.
Ghanaian traditional art, an integral part of social life, reflects the social, cultural and the values of the community. The symbolic and practical use of costumes, ornamentations, and religious objects enhance the presentation of the performing and visual arts. Falola and Salm (2002, p: 84) stress that the fine arts cannot be separated from other forms of cultural expression because they are linked with musical, dance, and dramatic performance as well as other cultural forms such as festivals. Ghanaian textiles are important artistic expression of culture because, in their various forms, they utilize the entire range of symbolic images and can be seen in all aspects of Ghanaian life. Queens and chiefs wear expensive ornamentation and textiles to enhance their prestige within the society during festivals and other occasions.
Indian culture is known as the way of life and to live life. Indian culture is a philosophy and encourages languages, religions, dance music, food, and architecture with varying features within the country. Indian culture is a mixture of many cultural systems and make a diversified country. History play a significant role to diversify the Indian culture which elements consists of Indian religions, Yoga and different cuisine. India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world, with some of the most deeply religious societies and cultures.
The musical instruments used today like firikyiwa, ntↄrowa, nnawuta and prempesua were later additions. The use of such instruments brought men into nnwomkorↄ bands because they play the instruments most of the time in an otherwise purely female group. Adenkum – a traditional music, meaning calabash music of festivals. In adenkum, the sections vary in length from one to three bars. Immediate melodic repetition is the most characteristic feature of the songs.
CHAPTER 1 1.1 Background of Study The study on the gong music among Rungus community is very important to identify the value of this gong music to the community. Rungus community is one of the community in Sabah which possess a lot of unique traditions and culture. Rungus community also well- known with unique and sacred rituals such as mogorunduk and monogit. (Kitingan, Hussin & Baptist, 2011) Gong-making and metal crafting were activities carried out by the Rungus community in Kudat, Sabah. The items were traded into other communities in Sabah.