Western music and African music.
“It seems to me that African and Western music belong to the same musical ‘species’, because in both ‘musics’, we find the common elements of harmony, melody and rhythm”. However, many different elements contribute to the tradition of African music. This include call and response, integration of performance into social fabric, the cross-fertilization between music and dance, focus on sound in situation where western composers will rely on notes. The core element of African music is its richness in rhythm content, which is the essence of African music heritage. The cultural gap between this two types of music is dauntingly wide. However, Americanization of African music is often synergistic with the Africanization of American music – a process known as syncretism (the blending together of cultural elements that previously existed separately)