Unformatted text preview: the Afro-Americans retained from their ancestry is that of whoops and hollers and other unique sounds of the voice or instrument. Most of all, Music to the African, and in turn the Afro-American, is the sense of community in the music. Music brings together performers and dancers and poets and even artists into a community of music. It is this way that Black slaves were able to overcome the terrible wrongs that they suffered, and it helped them to get through poverty and hunger and racism and inequality. Many of the great martyrs of the Black people have been musicians, or at least involved in the musical community. People like Duke Ellington, James Brown, Bob Marley, Tupac, and others all led the Black people to a shift in attitudes towards them from the outside world and from themselves. They choose not to be victimized but carry on through struggle and adversity to bring their message to the world....
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- Fall '06
- Atlantic Slave Trade, African diaspora, African People