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African and European Music: Troubled Past, Potent Mix, by Davin Michael Stedman

Being influenced by African and European music is a damn good thing. Anybody who tells you any different has no clue about Western Music.

It’s like this mighty river where two other mighty rivers combine; and as rough as the waters may be, the undercurrent is even stronger.

As ugly as our past is, the soundtrack is fantastic.

They say that God has the best band, but the devil has the best songs. Humanity as a whole loves and feeds and needs that drama.

I want to show you something.

The African and European music that haunts New Orleans and everything we consider to be American is like Napoleon and Shaka Zulu’s forces clashing by the hundreds of thousands and becoming one ferocious trembling human conquest, rumbling on the low end of one barely in tune up right piano.

Appropriation my ass. This music is our blood now. We crossed the Rubicon long ago. The bridges are burned. There is no turning back.

So just sing.

– Musician and writer Davin Michael Stedman has many musical ventures and is one of the driving forces behind the Staxx Brothers. He is planning a tour of Nigeria for 2018.

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