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African Music

Music is a combination of sounds that is produced instrumentally or vocally or both. Africa is about music among other phenomena. Music is a natural and integral part of African culture and used in just about any functions.

The varieties and diversities of African music exported to the rest of the world are indisputable. This is not to deny the fact that other cultures of the world have their kinds of music. It is just that the varieties of African music is linked to lots of popular genres in our modern world.

Excerpts of African music have been exported in one way or the other to the rest of the world and back to Africa, and believe it or not, a lot still remain unknown. From drumming, singing, chanting, dancing, ...it's all part of daily lifestyle in the continent.

Check out this well documented video by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg showing how Africa is endowed with music.

https://youtu.be/lVPLIuBy9CY

 

 

PRINCE

PRINCE

His name was and will and will ever be PRINCE. A legend of a kind. At just 57, he left this bitter and troubling world for good. What happened? Why and how did it happen? Too soon to get  answers. He could have lived another 10, 20, 30 or more years to share with the world his great talent. An incredible song writer, singer, arranger, fashion/instrument designer, multi instrumentalist, guitarist extraordinaire, producer, copy right activist, freedom fighter, and most importantly a decent human being.

I never had the chance to be at his concert let alone meet him, but I've a fan for decades and just want to share my memories of this musical genius. The peak of my admiration for Prince lies in his rendition of George Harrison's (Beatles) song "While my guitar gently weeps". Listen to the second solo that starts about 3 minutes 30 seconds into the song. This song is a pro-guitar tune with so many covers  by great guitarists. Check it out online if you have any doubts. I've listened to many covers of this particular song and I use to think that Carlos Santana's cover was the best, but when I bumped into Prince's cover, I lost my mind. I wept along with his guitar. I was blown away. I'm a guitarist so I know what I'm talking about.

It's like if you are a painter, and you find some painting that makes you wonder ...how on earth could someone do this. Same goes with other forms of arts, dancing, basketball, etc. We would like you to share your memories of Prince and possibly why he died the way he did.