Popular music, in african tradition, has almost always been used as a tool to communicate and to teach. This notwithstanding the fact that this music is also made to bring joy and pleasure … it is the bed atop of which the listener is moved to climb and dance. Griots and praise singers have, for countless generations, lived as a kind of collective conscience among african peoples.
In today’s popular music sphere, african musicians are often called ‘celebrities’ or ‘entertainers’; and their listeners are sometimes called ‘consumers’. so the question is: Is popular music still an effective, or desirable, tool of learning and communication in africa today?
The talk will last about 15 minutes, and then to be followed by questions and comments from the floor.