Post a link to a performance that you feel best captures traditional elements of african musical culture, i.e. syncopated rhythms, distinct styles of singing, drum ensembles, and expressive forms of dancing.

Ethnomusicologist, J. H. Kwabena Nketia coined the term “time line” to describe the underlying feature of the most prominent styles of traditional music in Africa. There can be up to 10 drummers playing together and interweaving five or six different melodies while a lead drummer improvises on top of all of them. In addition, the dancers are not only expected to keep up with the drummers, they should be able to catch the particular inflections of the soloists’ improvisations with some part of the body. It remains a key characteristic of the types of dances found in the African Diaspora that every part of the body has to move at some point. Moreover, dance is a communal exercise, a sharing of energy and emotion that connects people together. And the timeline is what keeps the drummers and the dancers organized. Survey the playlist of traditional and contemporary West African Music curated by Shlomo Pestcoe on YouTube using the following Link. Post a link to a performance that you feel best captures traditional elements of African musical culture, i.e. syncopated rhythms, distinct styles of singing, drum ensembles, and expressive forms of dancing. Then find a performance from contemporary styles of African American and Caribbean music that reflect how these elements have been transformed by the historical experiences of people in the African Diaspora. Include a brief explanation about how you arrived at your selections along with a representative examples for comparison. Respond to a post above or below your own.