Since 1981, every June 21 has been celebrated as World Music Day to mark the significance of music and its role in connecting people across borders.
In Africa, traditional music is an integral part of various cultures, playing important roles in the way people interact, celebrate and pass on historic events.
Apart from serving entertainment purposes and placing Africans on the world map, these traditional songs have influenced many other music genres today.
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Here are some of the best traditional African songs over time: