here are two interesting blog posts about the mardi gras indians and the history of native americans in new orleans funk n soul
thanks! real interesting. the existence of these kinds of continuities between traditional and modern should be just common sense, but they still need to be pointed out as people want to pretend like what they do is completely new and original.
I don't think you can draw as much distinction between rhythm and melody. Melody is rythmic by nature (the only exception being ambient melody/ drones etc). Its also worth noting that African drums are tuned to each other and are not atonal, each drum sits in a different register in tune with the others. Neither of the above points are relevant to this thread.
agree absolutely. and this kind of undifferentiated sense of rhythmelody (my coinage btw ) found in African music, of which the Shangaan stuff is the latest expression, other examples being obviously the various Mbira thumb piano traditions, and even Soukous guitar... but in Western classical the distinction seems to be made most pointedly, one being of celestial bodies, and the other, of the lower animal kingdom.
The status of European classical music remained a bit odd. It steadfastedly refused to accept African music (still regarded as some form of inferior animal expression) and all its mulatto offspring. Thus the gap between classical and folk music increased dramatically during the 19th century until the Sixties.
Sorry, misinterpreted what you were saying. No need to swear at me though, you foul mouthed cunt.
it's all good bro. but last time i checked, saying "i don't give a fuck" is hardly a personal insult? straight up calling someone a cunt on the other hand though...
also, there is an anti-Afrocentricity book by the name of something like "No Home to Go To", which i was browsing online the other day... your post reminded me a little of that... apologize if my demeanor was a bit aggressive.