If the rhythm of the drum beat changes, the dance steps must adapt. ~Kossi Proverb
Here I am daydreaming about my wedding day all because Sauti Sol released Sura Yako, the soul and relativity of their music can make any hopeful future bride feel loved. Yes, I can cook chapati (apparently that’s what most modern Kenyan men love, what happened to Ugali? ) I am certain I fall into the marriage material. The celebrated afro band has ladies screaming their names from all corners of African. Today, they are nominees of BET award of Best International Act: Africa. According to my understanding we made it! Sorry Sauti Sol did. The world finally heard us stamping our feet to lipara and “harusinating,” on the big day.
Anyway let’s not get ahead of ourselves, whooosah!. Sauti Sol like many other African bands have made a mark in telling the African story; be its sorrow, joy laughter loss or politics. The likes of Oliver Mutukudzi, Brenda Fasi , Lucky Dube and many more have brought the world to us and the vice versa. Music has been long entwined in social political matters which we can attest to it in who will sing the national anthems at the opening of games or in ushering the celebrations of National days in some states.
Music does play a huge role, as it the core element of cultural exchange. We see how fashion and cultural ideals are spread. African print was embraced by the fashion world due to the success African music has been experiencing and also the confidence in the production of the same music videos. Moreover, many international awards are recognizing more African musicians also the use of corporate entities to sponsor apprentice of African musicians with international artist has made it even more possible for the spreading of African music in a bid to experience African culture.
Music as whole has created avenues for interaction by the theme choices many artist use to encourage avenues for discussion e.g. Sauti Sol-Nerah that vouches for pro life, is know to stir up all manner of conversations on socisl media. It has informed modern trends e.g. the current feel of afro-soul music and afro-punk has made its come back which in turn brought the 80’s fashion from the torn jeans to the rhythm in beats . Music, especially African tells the story of fallen kingdoms, poor governance that had adverse affects on the simpleton, those inspired younger generation to do more and be great.
Music strips all men of race gender and class brings them to face their fears as mortals; the fear of lack, slavery and death. Some of the greatest authors have inspired politicians and in some instances quoted by the same. These could be the same feel shared by African music, “it helps to connect people together in a variety of ways, strengthening the fabric of the community, which in turn reinforces people’s commitment to support each other and the community, toward mutual health and prosperity. Another crucial role of music in Africa is as a mode of communication. Talking drums, signal drums, songs, and the sagas of the historian griots each communicate different types of important information.”
African is the second largest continent and its story rages on for ages, told in the drums of West Africa to those of Southern Africa ,the lively voices of East and Central Africa tell the story of war, hunger, fear, slavery and victory over adversity. These chants of relentless spirits seeking more in life even when the world around us seems grim we have learnt to dance, dancing gracefully a tune the world has learned from us to dance gracefully on graves, over shadowed by the notorious Tyrants in Africa.
African has taught the world how music can organize movement for a greater cause, greater than the generation at that particular time in history. To answer your question dear reader, yes music has played a tremendous role in uniting Africa to the world. it has done far much more that enlighten the world of who we are and why we do what we do or how to keep fighting it has show the world that we are the light the White Collar tag dark in the 13th and 14th century .