Can You Identify African Musical Instruments? Quiz

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People who love music know that African musical instrument are great. They are usually portable and easy to play. Be it in the wind instrument , string instrument, or a percussion, they are usually similar with European and American musical instrument. Are you familiar with the variety of African musical instrument? Take this super quiz if you do!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of these is an African string musical instrument?

    • A.

      Xylophone 

    • B.

      Konga

    • C.

      Kora

    • D.

      Bata

    Correct Answer
    C. Kora
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Kora. The Kora is a string musical instrument that is commonly associated with West Africa, particularly with the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea. It consists of a large gourd resonator covered with cow skin, a long neck with 21 strings, and two handles. The Kora is played by plucking the strings with the thumbs and index fingers, and it produces a unique and melodic sound that is often used in traditional African music.

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  • 2. 

    Which of these African musical instruments is indigenous to  West Africa?

    • A.

      Kora 

    • B.

      Zukra 

    • C.

      Bendir 

    • D.

      Rhaita 

    Correct Answer
    A. Kora 
    Explanation
    The Kora is indigenous to West Africa. It is a string instrument that originated in the Mandinka Empire, which covered present-day Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau. The Kora is made from a large calabash gourd covered with cow skin, and it has 21 strings that are plucked with the fingers. It is traditionally played by griots, who are West African storytellers and musicians. The Kora has a distinct sound and is an important part of the musical traditions in West Africa.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these African musical instruments is a percussion instrument?

    • A.

      Ngoni

    • B.

      Alghaita

    • C.

      Kora 

    • D.

      Shekere

    Correct Answer
    D. Shekere
    Explanation
    The shekere is a percussion instrument commonly found in African music. It consists of a hollow gourd or calabash covered with a net of beads or shells. When shaken or struck, the beads or shells create rhythmic patterns and sound effects. The ngoni is a string instrument, the alghaita is a woodwind instrument, and the kora is a string instrument as well. Therefore, the shekere is the only percussion instrument among the given options.

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  • 4. 

    Which of these is like Xylophone?

    • A.

      Ngoni

    • B.

      Aghalaita 

    • C.

      Fiddle

    • D.

      Mbira 

    Correct Answer
    D. Mbira 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Mbira because it is a musical instrument that is similar to a xylophone. Both the xylophone and the mbira are percussion instruments that produce sound by striking metal or wooden keys. They have a similar sound and playing technique, making the mbira a suitable option for being like a xylophone. The other options, Ngoni, Aghalaita, and Fiddle, are different types of instruments that do not share the same characteristics as a xylophone.

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  • 5. 

    Which of these musical instruments is not Tunisian?

    • A.

      Rhaita 

    • B.

      Bendir 

    • C.

      Bata 

    • D.

      Zukra

    Correct Answer
    C. Bata 
    Explanation
    The Bata is not a Tunisian musical instrument. The Rhaita, Bendir, and Zukra are all traditional instruments from Tunisia. The Bata, on the other hand, is a double-headed drum that is commonly used in Afro-Cuban music.

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  • 6. 

    Which of these musical instruments is popular in Southwest Nigeria?

    • A.

      Bendir

    • B.

      Mbira

    • C.

      Djembe

    • D.

      Shekere 

    Correct Answer
    D. Shekere 
    Explanation
    The shekere is a popular musical instrument in Southwest Nigeria. It is a percussion instrument made from a dried gourd with beads or shells woven into a net covering the gourd. It is played by shaking, tapping, or striking the instrument to produce rhythmic sounds. The shekere is commonly used in traditional Nigerian music and is also popular in other parts of West Africa.

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  • 7. 

    Which of these musical instruments is used to create rhythm in African music?

    • A.

      Agogo

    • B.

      Bata 

    • C.

      Talking Drum

    • D.

      Djembe

    Correct Answer
    A. Agogo
    Explanation
    The Agogo is a musical instrument that is used to create rhythm in African music. It is a double bell made of metal, usually iron or brass, and has a hollow sound when struck with a stick. The instrument is played by striking the bells with a stick or by shaking it to produce rhythmic patterns. In African music, the Agogo is often used to provide a steady beat and add depth to the overall rhythm of the music.

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  • 8. 

    Which of these African musical instruments is harp-like?

    • A.

      Rattle

    • B.

      Ngoni

    • C.

      Djembe

    • D.

      Talking drum 

    Correct Answer
    B. Ngoni
    Explanation
    The Ngoni is a harp-like African musical instrument. It is a string instrument that is played by plucking or strumming the strings. The Ngoni has a resonator made of a calabash or a gourd, which gives it a harp-like sound. It is commonly found in West Africa and is played in traditional folk music as well as modern African music genres. The Ngoni is known for its melodic and rhythmic qualities, making it a popular instrument in African music.

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  • 9. 

    Which of these musical instruments is popular in Libya?

    • A.

       Zukra

    • B.

      Kora

    • C.

      Rattle 

    • D.

      Mbira 

    Correct Answer
    A.  Zukra
    Explanation
    The zukra is a popular musical instrument in Libya.

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  • 10. 

    Which of these musical instruments is a form of drum?

    • A.

      Fiddle

    • B.

      Djembe

    • C.

      Ngoni

    • D.

      Bata

    Correct Answer
    D. Bata
    Explanation
    Bata is a form of drum. It is a double-headed drum that is commonly used in Afro-Cuban music and is an essential part of the traditional music of the Yoruba people. It is played by striking the drumheads with the hands or drumsticks, producing a rhythmic and percussive sound. The other options, Fiddle, Djembe, and Ngoni, are not forms of drums but rather stringed or percussion instruments.

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