Greetings and thank you for visiting AFRICASONG.
In Outre-mer: A pilgrimage beyond the sea, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1835) described his travels around Europe and, what he learned about culture and society during his excursions. He stated, “music is the universal language of mankind”. I resonate with his conclusion and I believe in the power of music to create increased understanding about those who are different. This idea is shared by many in the music world and it serves, informs and in fact, inspired the creation of AFRICASONG.
Africasong’s mission is dedicated to the presentation of edifying culturally-inclusive productions and events, education, publications and research on diverse forms of music.
Africasong’s campaign serves as a means to illuminating varied artists, the findings of musicologists, world music enthusiasts, performers and composers, as well as the overwhelming collective of marginalized groups around the globe who musical voices are often misunderstood. Africasong believes in helping to further create, promote, and sustain a world where all and not just some are remembered, edified and celebrated through the transformative power of music created around the globe.
Since the beginning of time, humans have struggled to find a binding cure for human hatred. Slain U.S. Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., held that hatred paralyzes, darkens, and confuses life (King, Jr., 1963).
History’s not so distant past reveals that hatred played a role in the enslavement of Africans in America and the persecution of Jews in Germany. More recently, hatred resulted in massive genocide in Rwanda, civil war that engulfed Uganda, ethnic strife in Sierra Leone, the cruelty of apartheid in South Africa, and widespread murder in the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. The tragic event of 9-11, recent attacks in Paris and beyond, provide only a modest representation of a much broader global challenge linked to human hatred, intolerance and humanity’s failure to embrace and celebrate difference.
AFRICASONG was created in 1992 as a response to episodes of hatred in the U.S. as well as other worldwide acts where misplaced nationalism, deeply held racism, gender discrimination, xenophobia, transfobia, religious intolerance as well as the horrific violence that contributes to the disease of human hatred around the world.
Thank you for visiting AFRICASONG. Along with other supporters, I look forward to the future and how we might better serve celebrate and illumine diverse communities “near and far”.
Footnote: As time permits, I’ll update our site, though my travel and engagement with developing projects limit my ability to publish fresh material as fast as I would like. So, my plan is to post updates twice per month with hope that I can live up to my ‘plan’.