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Feelings, universal musical feelings

African farmers who shun Western culture demonstrate widespread recognition of three basic emotions in music

11:15am, March 19, 2009
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Cameroon’s Mafa farmers don’t know U2 from YouTube, and that’s how they like it. So it comes as a scientific revelation that, according to a new study, these Africans who are cocooned from Western culture recognize expressions of happiness, sadness and fear in the same musical passages that Westerners do.

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