music and its dance ~ an Africa-centered s/hero's journey perspective

Posts tagged ‘Motown’

Emcees ~ Unmasking the Trickster Deity

“With this breath I thee wed, my true nature… my forever… my being. With this breath I say ‘yes,’ and I embrace that which is real within me ~ All that is great within me; all that is beautiful; all that is self-love and gratitude; all that is divine…” (Dion Mial / Michael Bernard Beckwith – lyrics)

In Africa the word is endowed with the generative potential of a seed through the concept of nommo ~ spirit breathing life into the universe through its audible articulation or call. (more…)

Master Drummers ~ The Gods Are Awake!

Mother Africa

Mother Africa

“Strummin’ my pain with his fingers, singin’ my life with his words… Killin’ me softly with his song…” (Roberta Flack).  

In Africa it is said that each person has a rhythm to which they alone dance.  Women of certain groups will gather around an expectant mother to pray and meditate until they hear “the song of the child.” Abbreviated in the name that child will be given, this song is chanted in the village to begin their education after they are born. (more…)

Bantu Roadmaps… The Motown Connection


“You went to school to learn, girl
Things you never, never knew before
Li-i-ike “I-before-E-except-after-C”
And why “2-plus-2-makes-4”
Na… na… Now…
I’m gonna teach you,
All about love…” (J-5)
 

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