A Week of African American Music History, The beginnings
Posted on February 3, 2021
Each week, the Black History Committee will offer books, music, and online media information that provides an outline to the roots of American music. African and African American music come from the same sources, the continent of Africa. The diaspora of African culture brought the richness of vocal harmonies, drum beats and string instruments that melded into vast, creative, and innovative ways to sing, dance, and communicate their spirits.
The first week focuses on the actual roots of African music being planted in the New World. From the very beginning of Africans brought to the Colonies, the history sprung up from the desperation and misery of slavery’s oppression. Before Africans could verbally communicate, they could sing, share rhythms, and create harmonious music. This blog contains music CDs, books, and digital media from the early roots until the start of the blues. Africans were transported by ship during the transatlantic slave trade to the New World, but the roots of the African continent never left their hearts and voices.
More to come in Week 2, and Jazz Explodes!