Africa, as per the statistics population and area wise is the second largest continent of the world. Africa is kind of a continent which you will never discover in the pictures. If you want to see the true natural beauty of this continent, just be there yourself and experience Africa. In this region of the world you will find a lots natural assets like Mountains / Lands / Deserts / Quicksand and many other very attractive views, for those who love adventures and want to explore new things in lives.
A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE CONTINENT
As per the statistics round about 53 different nations living in this continent. An approximate, population of the continent is 90 million and it considers 14% population of the entire world. Sudan is one of the biggest countries of Africa and the smallest is Seychelles. In the southern region of, it holds deserts and wasteland and in the northern part in the continent, there you will see the jungle.
This continent, is distributed in different tribal and almost ever tribal has its own place. Most of them living there for the past more than hundred years. Almost more than 1000 kind of languages speaking in Africa, in which the most commonly are 4 languages.
Africa is not very developing continent. People who living here are quite simple other than many developed areas of the world. They living in the villages where in some areas even the basic need of living not available there. They grow their own vegetables for living their lives.
Drought is the very common thing in Africa and because of that the growth of the crop is not enough for the people living there. Poverty is so much in some of the villages. If the growth does not go well or gets worse, it will cost hundreds of innocent people dreadful dies.
Africa, is also famous for its festivals. The very beautiful way to represent to promote their various heritages. I am trying to portray some of their renowned festivals.
LAKE OF STARS – MALAWI
Festival held at the Malawi Lake. It’s a very interesting event of Africa, in which many kind of activities been held and also consider in the list of one of the few “Famous World Fiestas”. In this event we see very Entertaining Music Performances / Exhibition of Art & Culture and many more other activities. This festival held in September last week every year.
FELABRATION – NIGERIA
The reason of this event is to celebrate the birth of their music icon Fela Pedia, he created some unique style in the music called Afro beat. After he returned from his tour of America, he changed his band name “Fela-Ransome Kuti”. This event held Lagos’s much known venue called The Shrine, in Heyday, where he performed with dancing queens. In Felabration, you can see different colors, very famous is a street carnival and also very informative debates from high schools in which talk about what Fela, passionate about in his life specially, for the poverty. Fela, died on August 2nd ‘1997. Felabration, running 13-19 of October.
TIMKAT – ETHIPIA
This is held in the memory of Baptism of Jesus Christ. Timkat, is one of the very old festival which involves their ancient heritages in the Ethiopian culture. It celebrate in the mid of January and as per the Ethiopian calendar, its tenth day of Terr.
FESTIMA – MASKS & ARTS FESTIVAL – BURKINA FESO
Festima, is very unique festival which celebrate to protect and to defend the culture of the traditional African mask, Collection of the masks all over from West Africa and it celebrates thru beautiful dances and parades. This event held every year in the month of February.
WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL “GNAOUA” – MOROCCO
It’s a four days festival and it’s held in Essaouira. This is a festival especially for the musician’s from around the globe from all the genres. As per the statistics round about 600,000 peoples from around the world attend this colorful fiesta. One of very excited part of this fiesta the encouragement for the artists to explore something new in the music.
POPULAR MUSIC INSTRUMENTS
Africa, is also famous for its unique music and there instruments also very unique in their own. The list of the instruments quite long to mention here but, few I mentioned here which I personally experienced. Believe me or not but the sounds comes out of these instruments really touches the heart and soul.
A Very interesting instrument which seems like a kind of piano. The Strips placed on a kind of round wooden plate and in different length and this instrument is made from special bamboos. It’s very popular in the west of Africa.
I found this instrument kind of Xylophone, very much similar with that. This is quite famous in Ghana / Burkina Faso and Mali. When it hits its sounds which comes out really beautifully.
This is a kind of guitar but in different ways, also one of very famous as a strings instrument. This contains 21 strings on gourd covered with skin of some animal. In Ivory Coast / Gambia / Senegal, very famous in these regions.
THE TALKING DRUM
I personally found this lovely and made very beautifully. You have to put this instrument under the arm and hits, great experience. This is quite popular in the west of Africa, especially in Benin / Togo / Nigeria & Ghana. To makes the sound of this instrument, you have to press the edges which narrow this instrument.
It made of some animal skin and covered beautifully with wood. Surface of the top is quite wider and the bottom area is narrow than the surface. This you can find the west region of Africa.