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      Quote Originally Posted by Shaheed
      never listen to african music before, but i would love to check it out!!
      Same here.
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      Hmmmm...I'm confused.

      We call ourselves Afrikans, right?

      We call our Brothers and Sisters here in the u.s. and abroad Afrikans, right?

      Yet we don't call the music that was made here and throughout the diaspora Afrikan?

      Hmmmm...

      I guess hip-hop, jazz, reggae, salsa, blues, funk, etc. are not Afrikan forms of music despite the fact that the Afrikan influence is there, DESPITE the fact that some of the artists you all mentioned (i.e. Fela Kuti and others) were influenced by the previously mentioned music forms.

      Can I get some clarity on this?

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      I do mean music from the Motherland....the original music.
      Quote Originally Posted by Raha
      Hmmmm...I'm confused.

      We call ourselves Afrikans, right?

      We call our Brothers and Sisters here in the u.s. and abroad Afrikans, right?

      Yet we don't call the music that was made here and throughout the diaspora Afrikan?

      Hmmmm...

      I guess hip-hop, jazz, reggae, salsa, blues, funk, etc. are not Afrikan forms of music despite the fact that the Afrikan influence is there, DESPITE the fact that some of the artists you all mentioned (i.e. Fela Kuti and others) were influenced by the previously mentioned music forms.

      Can I get some clarity on this?

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      Quote Originally Posted by BlackQueen7980
      I do mean music from the Motherland....the original music.

      Ah, the "original" music. I see. Straight from the Motherland.
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      Yes...I have a djembe drum...but i haven't taken lessons yet. I love our Motherland's music. The sound of the djembe is so powerful!
      Quote Originally Posted by Raha
      Ah, the "original" music. I see. Straight from the Motherland.
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      Quote Originally Posted by BlackQueen7980
      Yes...I have a djembe drum...but i haven't taken lessons yet. I love our Motherland's music. The sound of the djembe is so powerful!
      I have a djembe as well. Yes, the djembe does have a powerful sound.

      I love the music from the Motherland as well, but music from the diaspora hits me just as hard and reaches to me as much as the music from the Motherland does.

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      That’s kind of like asking do you like American music.

      I like Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare and of course, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I am not so fond of Fetya Kutu.

      I know they aren't African in the way you are referring but sometimes I must have me some Sweet Honey in the Rock.

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      i dont really like african music because to me, it sounds like country music... not a lot variety.... and most of WHAT I HEAR.... is African Music with hints of western dialect in it...

      it sounds like when white people try to talk hip..... crazy!!..

      but i love REGGAE!!!!!
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      Quote Originally Posted by BlackBodyGuard View Post
      i dont really like african music because to me, it sounds like country music... not a lot variety.... and most of WHAT I HEAR.... is African Music with hints of western dialect in it...

      it sounds like when white people try to talk hip..... crazy!!..

      but i love REGGAE!!!!!
      In a way, I see your point, that is if you listen to what is played over here in the states. We don't get much of a variety at all. But I think there is quite a variety of music to choose from. You have the Lucky Dube's and you have your Manu Dibango's. You have your Bongo Flava, and you have your Kwaito. You have your Dance Hall (Continental) and you have your Hip Hop. You have your Makosa and your AfroBeat, and those are just the "Pop" forms of Afrikan music. The traditional music is even more diverse.
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      I previously commented on this thread but I see it's been lost due to the recent technical difficulties we encountered.

      Anyway, if you want to familiarize yourself with profiles of Afrikan musicians and various styles of music here is a good place to start:

      * http://www.knowingafrica.com/MUSIC.html

      * http://www.africanmusiciansprofiles.com/profiles.html
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      Salams,
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      African music to me is music from the motherland and the music here we listen to from diasporic africans...well of course!...

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      this is a repeat post from before the crash...

      because i don't like having to say it all again, i'm abbreviating down to the essentialities...

      mali is important as a cradle for african musicians.

      unfortunately, they deal with the caste systems there. not good.

      (*i feel* that stratified african societies are a construct of those palefaced arab patriarchs)

      anyway, there is a deified warrior king named sundiata keita who has major status in all of africa.

      look him up. he's way oldschool.

      he lived from about 1190 to the mid 1200's. that's AD.

      he has the same last name as the famous musician, salif keita.

      anyway, there are these musician families called "jali".

      they are erroneously called "griot", but that's just french people talking.

      the jali have a rank in society based on family name.

      the order is...kouyate, diabate, tounkara, sissoko, coulibaly.

      these are all the last names of the jali families.

      you have to be born into one of these families to be jali.

      you can be a drummer, an ngoni player, a kora player, a singer, whatever.

      you practice from the day you were born.

      your lineage goes back 150 generations.

      the thing is, depending on your name, you work for a set class of folks.

      the kouyate jali work for the royal keita family...to this day.

      they sing songs and retain the history of their lineage.

      they make long dollars, like how john legend and alicia keys are getting paid.

      on down the line, until the jali that work for the weavers and farmers make much less, but they are still living phat.

      the jali sing about everything, good and bad.

      if you choose not to pay, you are erased from history.

      if you cross them, they sing that too. it's a pay as you go system.

      they are not just musicians, they are charged with very powerful spiritual energies and walk with the consent of many ancestors.

      everybody is shook. the jali have money rained down on them like a shower wherever they go. even to this day.

      so this is the story of the jali.

      i hope all my fellow musicians get familiar with the tribe from which we hail.

      also more importantly, i hope we realize the inherent power we hold in working our craft.

      use the power responsibly and wisely... make the ancestors proud and always ALWAYS focus on how to get our people free.
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      Peace...
      I love African music (when I can hear it) But I am also a big BIG fan of Reggae/Dancehall/Roots too...which IMO is a sister to African music.
      I've been getting into watching BETJ (yeah I know its BET BUT) and they show videos from Africa and the Carribean as well on Saturdays all day...I think its worth the watch if only for a little bit...They also play movies from Africa as well. I havent had a chance to catch any of those (I don't have cable and only watch when I'm at my mom's house)

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      I find this thread interesting. The question is, “do we like African music”, and then when Raha put forth the question, “[aren’t] hip-hop, jazz, reggae, salsa, blues, funk, etc…” forms of African music, then the clarification and response was “music straight from the motherland…the original music." Well most of the groups mentioned in this thread were and are heavily influenced by diasporic African music! Even Lady Ladysmith Black Mambazo style of South African singing developed out of a combination of 19th century Black spirituals brought there from America and indigenous South African music. Fela like many other African pop musicians was heavily influenced by the diasporic sounds from the west (like John Coltrane and James Brown), here in North America, South America, and the Caribbean.

      The Djembe is just one of thousands of African drums and drumming styles, and was made popular here when anthropologist, choreographer, and dancer Katherine Dunham brought a Senegalese Master Djembe drummer named Mor Thaim (who is singer/rapper Akon’s father) here in the sixties. Also there are all types of authentic African lyrical, woodwind, and string musics that are usually lost in the discussion when so much attention is placed on merely African drumming.

      Authentic indigenous African music is much different than what has been made popular, and is still a very under-appreciated study amongst the African-centered community in the Diaspora.



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