music reflects the different regions and ethnicity of its peoples
with instruments including the 'hu hu', kakaki, maracus and kinde
however probably the most frequently used musical instruments are
the single-reeded flute associated with the Falani and the lutes
and fiddles of the Tibesti region.
instruments such as the 'keleli' are used to speak for male
performers as it is not considered appropriate in some parts of
Chad for men to be singing in front of adult women. This
instrument is mostly used around the Tibetsi mountains where Teda
music is played. Regardless of the
instruments used, most if not all Chad music is set against a
background of Tam Tam drumming.
You can hear Chad music played spontaneously in churches, millet
bars and at village dance nights. The national Anthem of Chad was written in 1960 following
independence from France and is called "La Tchadienne"; an
English translation is as follows:
"People of Chad, arise and get busy! You have won the fight
for your land and your rights. Your liberty will be born from
your courage. Lift up your eyes, the future belongs to you. Oh, my country,
may God choose to guard you. May your neighbours admire your
children. Full of joy and peacefully move forward as you sing, Faithful to
your ancestors who are watching you. "