Music_ Olatunji Project

Even though olantunji supported the practice of

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Unformatted text preview: Hand Drumming and Drum-Circles ● Once brought to America hand drumming was not wholly rooted in African culture. ● Even though Olantunji supported the practice of African culture he taught non-culturally specific rhythms. ● Olantunji eventually partnered up with Remo Drums even though he didn’t agree with their practices of drum production. ● In the end, Olantunji was happy with how popular hand drumming was but was ultimately disappointed at how the African culture behind it was being ignored and transformed into a non-indigenous practice. ● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT2J1Ot9N5c Africans & Rhythm To think about: positive or negative light? ● Primal nature gives distinction to African culture ● Drumming as expression of deep emotion ○ African-ness (deep emotion) vs. European-ness (rational thought) ● Europeans interested in African drumming b/c “assured of the capacity (as a group of people) for rational thought and reason, they can enter into African drumming from a position of privilege” ○ Africans historically denied recognition of intellectual capacity, less willing What about Gilroy? Gilroy: Concerned that the distinction between nationality and culture is becoming lost. Olatunji: Based his career off of trying to bring African culture to American regardless of nationality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXQqGs_Fk4...
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