Extase tijdens Masaï ceremonie

De eerste keer dat ik kennis maakte met de traditionele zang van de Masaï was tijdens de afdaling van Olmoti krater in Ngorongoro Tanzania in Augustus 2012. Tijdens een driedaags bezoek aan de familie van de Masaï krijger die ik sponsorde om leraar te worden, daalde ik samen met hem en zijn vriend de steile, begroeide wand van Olmoti Krater af. Beide jongens zetten spontaan een vocale, ritmische beat in. Het lage geluid leidde direct tot een steviger stap. Genietend van die onverwachte ondersteuning van het lopen, deed ik pogingen om vanuit mijn buik hetzelfde basgeluid voort te brengen wat jammerlijk mislukte. Maar het raakte me diep om middenin de wilde natuur van Tanzania te lopen op dit oerritme van stemmen. Lees meer

The Tanzanian Tina Turner

Sitting as a teenager in my only jeans on the couch. Watching Top Pop at Friday evenings with my brother before going out. Sometimes we had to listen for weeks to terrible songs on nr 1. They sometimes just would not leave this position.  Every week for 51 weeks we rockers had to endure Marvin Gaye with his slimy, in our ears faky song “sexual healing”. Lees meer

African music to support daily work

“One tone does not create music yet, you need different tones to bring harmony to the music”

(The thinking of the Dogon, 365 African sayings)

The African traditional musical styles are almost always intended for dance or the support of repeated movements during daily work. In their dance they show movements like picking berry’s, cutting trees or ploughing the earth.   A lot of music served the encouragement and synchronisation of workers. Also it has this special character of question and answer. This is due to the extensive polyrhythms.  They produce different rhythms, that create rhythmic layers. Every musician, dancer, worker and even listener has its own place within this polyrhythmic whole. This explains the question and answer dynamic. Lees meer

Dancing in Africa

Africa is music. Africa is dancing. Dancing and singing is part of their daily life and they learn young. In fact they get trained from the moment they are born. Most of the traditional dances serve a specific purpose,

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