Gia Tejeda 

1st discussion post 

September 5, 2021

  1. Describe the role of music in African and AA communities, provide examples. 
    1. Music is interchangeable with African American communities’ culture. When one thinks about our progression as a race, music would be notorious for its impact on African American individuals. Music played a  keen role within the civil rights movement during the 20th century. “We Shall Overcome” was a song that was written to discuss the inequalities of Black men and women during the 1950s and 1960s. Furthermore, music is used in everyday life. For example, we listen to music at weddings, within the church, at work, and other gatherings/celebrations which enables music to be functional in society.
  2. Describe the way music is created, performed, and experienced in African and AA communities.
    1. Music can be created in any space, whether that be during hardship or joyous times. Oftentimes, African Americans come together and create timeless pieces of music. However, you must have instruments to create sound, and adding a singer or vocalist also creates sound. Multiple sounds together create rhythm and melody. In my opinion, music would be considered the soul of our community. Music brings people together and has significant to African American culture.
  3. Identify the two most common musical structures found in African and AA music. In what ways do they reflect the communal and interactive approach to making music. 
    1. The two most common musical structures are call and response and shout songs such as gospel, blues umbrella term, and ring shouts. Furthermore, line Hymn, a form of shout sons is when the leader sings each line, which is then echoed by the congregation. All in all, these forms of music structures invited everyone to participate.
  4. Describe ways in which the described timbre in Africa and AA music differs from that of European-derived traditions.
    1. It is a heterogeneous sound and all instruments are welcome in most settings. The timbre is inclusive and this is reflective of the culture