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

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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…)

“The Language You Cry In” …oral-aesthetic musings

“Everybody come… Everyone come together… / The grave is restless. The grave is not yet at peace…” (translation)

Lorenzo Turner, a pioneering Black linguist, recognized the origin of these lines in a song he recorded in the 1930s on the south-east coast of America, sung in the Gullah dialect.  (more…)

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