Saturday, July 8

Music of the African diaspora

Wikipedia - "Music of the African diaspora was mostly refined and developed during the period of slavery. Slaves did not have easy access to instruments, so vocal work took on new significance. Through chants and work songs people of African descent preserved elements of their African heritage while inventing new genres of music. The culmination of this great sublimation of musical energy into vocal work can be seen in genres as disparate as Gospel Music and Hip-Hop. The music of the African diaspora makes frequent use of ostinato, a motif or phrase which is persistently repeated at the same pitch. The repeating idea may be a rhythmic pattern, part of a tune, or a complete melody. The banjo is a direct decedent of the Akonting created by the Jola people, found in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau in West Africa. Hence, the melodic traditions of the African diaspora are probably most alive in Blues and Jazz. ..."
KFAI: Jazz Diaspora (Video)
eScholarship: Excerpt from Jazz Diasporas
U.California - Jazz Diasporas: Race, Music, and Migration in Post-World War II Paris
The South African Jazz Diaspora
Top 10 Albums of the South African Jazz Diaspora
South African Jazz Diaspora
YouTube: Ibrahim Maalouf - Diaspora, Dollar Brand Duo - Moniebah (The Pilgrim), Dudu Pukwana & Spear - Baloyi

African Jazz 'N' Jive