SOUNDS OF REVOLUTION
Get The Black Mind Right
Black music. While it is omnipresent rarely do we stop and analyze just how deeply Black music affects every aspect of our lives. Black music is the sound of revolution. It inspires hope. It inspires faith. It inspires action. It soothes. It invigorates. Black music gives voice to our pain. It gives meaning to our lives. It gives us the strength to press forward. Black music is the language of our souls. It makes us move. It expresses our feelings in a way sometimes even words can not articulate. The sounds and rhythms of Black music connects us not only to our ancestors but is also a conduit to those yet to come. It is in essence the soul of our people.
African and Black sounds can be found in every aspect of popular music today. Hip Hop. R&B. Jazz. Rock N Roll. Reggae. Blues. Black music has shaped the industry. Indeed, Black music IS the industry. It is the root and foundation for all expressions of music. Many have sought to appropriate and duplicate Black and African music. Many have stolen and co-opted Black music and tried to assimilate Black music. But in reality, Black music cannot be taken. It can only be given. It cannot be possessed. It can only be expressed.
Black music has long been a revolutionary tool as well. From the African slaves singing songs of freedom to the inspirational and powerful voices like Marvin Gaye during the civil rights era to the early Hip Hop artists like Chuck D who used their music to challenge social injustice. Black music has given strength and inspiration to generation after generation. If you’re reading this, there is a least one song by a Black artist that gives you strength. That eases your struggle. That gives you hope. That makes you feel good. That is what Black music is. That is what it does. It is the sounds and rhythms of revolution. It is the Black experience manifested into sound.
I feel compelled to also point out that Black music extends beyond mainstream and commercialized music. Much of what you hear on the radio is often watered down, disposable music meant to generate fast revenue. It does not even begin to scratch the surface of what Black music really is and what it means to us as a people. It’s often frustrating for those who conflate or confuse Black music with the commercialized and homogenized music the mainstream promotes. But we as a people must remember what true Black music is. Black music knows no barriers and should not be limited by what is deemed popular on the pop charts.
When I was asked to write this I thought about writing about a particular genre of subject of Black music. But after some consideration I wanted to write about what Black music is and it meant to me. Black music is the sound of revolution. It is the voice of the Black soul. It is the expression of Black existence. It has inspired me my entire life and I am humbled in it’s presence. When I think of the words “Black Music” that is what comes to mind.
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