ARTS AGENCY FOR AFRICA
Music is spiritual, unlimited and transcendental. This sound comes from the place of our highest selves and is like the vivid array of colours that are natures' true abundance. Our ancient musical culture of Southern Africa has laid the most poetic foundation with the instruments, mythologies, practices and traditions from which all subsequent musical styles could expand from.
In African music tradition there is the concept of the griot. Griots are those musicians whose musical message is both unique and interpersonal. Griots dwell in the presence of the 'spirit of music'. There are many musicians and composers in Africa who may not be griots by bloodline but are griots by effect such as Franco and Tabuley of the Congo, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade of Nigeria, Maluto Astetque of Ethiopia. In South Africa there is no spoken tradition of the griot, yet we have great griots. They are like composer laureates and sound Brahman. The co-dependence of the ancient musicians of Southern Africa with nature is the fountain for their unique ability to express themselves as effortlessly as a bird or the wind chime.
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