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Old 05-28-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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If you look at ever musical genre in American music, you will hear influences from black people. All American music including Country have African roots.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:04 AM
 
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Here we go again, cue another 20 pages of commentary from the cultural anthropologists...
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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If you look at ever musical genre in American music, you will hear influences from black people. All American music including Country have African roots.
And all contemporary musicians play instruments that African people never had the ingenuity to create.

That takes nothing away from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, etc., all great musicians. You present your afrocentric view and I will present the Eurocentric view.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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Here we go again, cue another 20 pages of commentary from the cultural anthropologists...
Do you consider such discussions to be patronizing? Or just rehashing what's been said many times before? Curious.

And I studied to be a cultural anthropologist but will defer on pontificating.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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And all contemporary musicians play instruments that African people never had the ingenuity to create.

That takes nothing away from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, etc., all great musicians. You present your afrocentric view and I will present the Eurocentric view.
Your point is? It still doesn't refute the fact that popular American music has its origins in Africa.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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And all contemporary musicians play instruments that African people never had the ingenuity to create.

That takes nothing away from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, etc., all great musicians. You present your afrocentric view and I will present the Eurocentric view.
Reasonable point. Excluding drums of course. The other most prominent instrument in modern music is the guitar (and bass) which came from Muslim Spain, and would have been exposed to African-Americans through European-Americans.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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If you look at ever musical genre in American music, you will hear influences from black people. All American music including Country have African roots.
Bluegrass is directly related to Celtic music that came over with the immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. There is a type of Bluegrass that is called "thick" Bluegrass that is virtually indistinguishable from traditional Celtic music. To my knowledge there has been no African influences in this genre.

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Old 05-28-2011, 11:32 AM
 
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If you look at ever musical genre in American music, you will hear influences from black people. All American music including Country have African roots.
As does all invention and technology. Without Africans, there would be no car, electricity for your home, computers, modern medicine, etc.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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Your point is? It still doesn't refute the fact that popular American music has its origins in Africa.
I wasn't refuting that point.

The one genre that has absolutely no African influence (and is probably the most technically proficient genre) is classical music. Most Americans are too uncultured to realize Bach, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky ever existed though.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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Do you consider such discussions to be patronizing? Or just rehashing what's been said many times before? Curious.

And I studied to be a cultural anthropologist but will defer on pontificating.
Both. Anyone who has read the countless number of "Why/When/Where/How are blacks..." threads would draw a similar conclusion. Not that I care because this a forum meant for discussions, but the motives behind some of the threads on this site are suspect.
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