African American Music in relation to African culture.

Welcome to Ali's page

The purpose of my page was to compare American music to African cultures. A lot of the music that we have today comes from the qualities of African music. Call and response, improvisation, and the idea of telling stories through music, usually comes from African folktales and other cultural music. My page includes an anytime anywhere song, a song from before 1974 and and a song from a non-English Speaking country. Hopefully, we can learn much from studying African musical quailties.

Song 1: Anytime AnywhereB0000029IS.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Song: Blues Music
Artists: G Love and the Special Sauce
Album: G Love & the Special Sauce
Composer: Garrett Dutton
Time: 1990's
Synopsis: This song has a blues rhythm and format in it. It is has a sad melody that makes the song seem like the singers are singing to themselves. Blues is originally from African American music. Blues tells a sad story of someone being hurt whether it be through the lyrics or sound or both. Blues music lets you get out your emotion and show what you really feel, and this song does that very well.

Song 2: Before 1974

Song: Slave Driver
Artist: Bob Marley
Album:Gold Disc 1
Summary: This song reflects on African American history through its lyrics. It talks about how slaves were brought from their homeland of Africa on slave ships. It also takes of how we are still not free because of modern day tragedies such as poverty.

Song 3: Non-English Speaking Country


Song: Dragostea din tei

Artist: O-Zone
Place: Moldavia
Time: 2004
Summary:This song has a somewhat consistent beat as well as the organization of the beats. In African culture this consistence is represented in drum beats. The songs sounds as though it is repeating itself.