Music and litérature

Music and litérature

Music : Forest of symbols Speaking about poetry, poet Paul Verlaine recommended that one must put “music above all else”. Literature borrows from music. Like literature, music tells a story but it does so with a particular grammar and lexicography resounding with melody, songs and harmony. Music and literature often go together, two passengers in the same boat docking at the ports of sociology, History and artistic creation. Why not follow the wanderings of this pirogue…

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Reggae Music : From Slavery to Liberty

Pan-Africanist Burning Spear     Like most countries and islands of Africa, America or Oceania, Jamaica was the victim of the white settlers. Since European settlement in 1494, the history of the island has been associated with such terms as “genocides,” “slavery,” “colonialism,” “post-colonialism,” “political conspiracies,” “violence” and so on. The white settlers and their descendants did not spare the beautiful island any atrocity. However, they did not anticipate that the mixture of all these…

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Music and Religion in Africa

Music and Religion in Africa

Traditional religions and music   The partnering of the terms music and religion in regards to Africa can only have an a priori informative value. Religion’s use of music and music’s search for inspiration on religious terrain no longer needs to be proved. For centuries, the relationship between the two fields has seemed so intimate that it is difficult to believe that one ever existed without the other. Apart from Islam, which has debated the…

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Música e religião

As religiões tradicionais africanas e a música   Na África, o canto sempre foi associado a todas as circunstâncias da vida : nascimentos, lutos, jogos, preces, trabalho, guerras, amor… A música está presente em todos esses momentos-chave da vida social dos povos, não só como vetor participativo nas reuniões da comunidade, mas também como um canal informativo sobre o conteúdo dessas reuniões. OBS : Este artigo se encontra integralmente em francês no AFIAVI mag. N° 30, on line, no…

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Gnonnas Pedro:clip Hommage de badge clement un espoir de la musique béninoise

C’est à Lokossa que repose désormais la dépouille de celui qui fut, d’abord tour à tour, puis tout à la fois, « El Pancho », le salsero de Cotonou, le roi du « Agbadja world beat », la voix béninoise de Africando, le célèbre groupe panafricain managé par le non moins célèbre maestro Boncana Maïga. Emporté le 12 août 2004 par un cancer de la prostate, Gnonnas Pedro, de son vrai nom Pierre Sossou Gnonnan, a été accompagné à…

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO,Une artiste accomplie

ANGELIQUE KIDJO,Une artiste accomplie

« Je suis très fière d’être africaine » « Sans ma rencontre musicale avec la discographie de Myriam Makeba, je ne pense pas que je serais chanteuse aujourd’hui » AFIAVI : Après vos débuts en Afrique puis en Europe, vous vous êtes finalement installée aux Etats-Unis. Pourquoi les USA ? Comment est perçue votre musique auprès du public américain ? Angélique Kidjo. J’ai entamé une trilogie en 1997, qui consistait à aller à la rencontre de la musique de la Diaspora noire partie d’Afrique…

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