Tribal music of Africa varies from tribe to tribe having distinct musical traditions due to the vastness of the continent. In Africa, the music is very important to religion since songs and music are used in rituals and religious ceremonies. In these ceremonies and /or rituals, people pass down stories from generation to generation as well as dance and sing to the music they play. The interesting fact about the tribal music of Africa is that it is passed down orally. This type of music frequently relies on percussion instruments of every variety. These instruments include Xylophones, djembes, drums, and tone-producing instruments such as the mbira or “thumb piano.” African tribal music was in some degree an influential part of many distinct music genres. Some of the genres are soco, calypso, and zouk, rumba, conga, bomba, cumbia, salsa, and samba. The music of the tribal music of Africa is a very rhythmic music. Another interesting fact about the tribal music of Africa is that it consists of a calling and responding aspect. In other words, the person or people singing would say sing something and the audience or another group of people would respond singing something back. This is not only done with singing but it also extends to the instruments as well. For instance, one drum will play a rhythmic pattern, and another drum would play the same pattern as if it were its echo. Moreover, this type of music consists of much improvisation. This is one of the reasons why the music is not written down. African musical instruments include a variety of drums, slit gongs, rattles and double bells, different types of harps, and harp-like instruments such as the Kora and the ngoni, as well as fiddles, many kinds of xylophone and lamellophone such as the mbira, and different types of wind instruments like flutes and trumpets. Some of the famous artists of African music are Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti, Angelique Kidjo, Toumani Diabate, Oliver Mtukudzi, Oumou Sangare, Ismael Lo, among others.