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This is my page for the ethnomusicology of several songs. I will diagnose all of the songs and show how they relate to past history. All of these songs are from different times. One song will be from "Anytime-Anywhere", the other song will be from 1974 or before that, and the final will be from a non-English speaking country. The music will have examples in the lyrics of how it relates to African-American history over a long period of time, near past or far past. The songs will show how they are similar to great events in history as well as how African-Americans used improvisation to change the views of Americans forever, regardless of race.

"Anytime-Anywhere Songs"

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Song: One Love (1965)Musicians: Bob Marley & The Wailers
Genre: Reggae, R&B
Synopsis: This song relates to African-American culture in many ways. The song has a clear meaning that all the violence should stop and that the world can get together and unite as one, with one love. The song calls for unity, which relates to some of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatest speeches talking about how everybody can get along and for one love.
Dr. MLK Jr.'s Speeches: http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.htmlLyrics: http://www.lyrics007.com/Bob%20Marley%20Lyrics/One%20Love%20Lyrics.html

"Song Before 1974"

Jimi Hendrix external image jimi-hendrix.jpgSong: The Star Spangled Banner (1969)
Musican: Jimi Hendrix
Genre: Rock, Blues, American, Classic Rock
Synopsis: This song relates to African-American history because it is the United States' National Anthem and it has a great impact of all American's lives. At one time African-Americans were not accepted into American society, but actions were done to greatly have African-Americans accepted. To have an African-American playing the National Anthem in front of a large group of people shows how far African-Americans have progressed in American History. Jimi Hendrix moved the crowd at Woodstock when he played this song. The song version that you are now hearing is straight from Woodstock. At a time in America, where many Americans were against the USA because of the involvement in Vietnam, Jimi Hendrix revamped a new love of America with his improvisation of the National Anthem. He gave American's a new reason to support, with music and the ability to do what the heart wants and however it wants.
Lyrics: *The song was played all on guitar, no lyrics*

Video of Jimi Hendrix's live performance of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock.

"World Music"

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Song: Obiero (1993)
Musician: Ayub Ogada
Genre: Acoustic
Synopsis: This song relates to African-American culture and history in many ways. This song is by a man from Kenya, Africa. His music is acoustic and is very powerful through the lyrics. It relates to African-American history because this is where the music originated, it is where the music was created, and how African-American music was born. It is the starting point for future jazz, R&B, and blues. It was the birth of the future of African-American music for the future. Also, the song follows a 4/4 beat that is common in many African-American music genres including blues, R&B, and soul.