THE NEXT BIG SHOW
"This is my dream: to show my fellow Canadians how music connects us all - and how much of it originated in strong African influences.
The people from my country and continent of origin are full of music and have been for centuries back. And centuries back, many were forced to leave their ancestral homes because of the scourge of slavery. In more recent times, more have left their ancestral homes to escape economic and political pressures which they could not change.
But always, the music came along. Africans are strong people. They have never lost their music to new surroundings. They just kept on singing and playing, sometimes adapting and sometimes bringing about adaptation.
Blues, Rock, Reggae, Latin and Jazz all have strong African roots and influence. The African rhythms are heard in traditional Arabic dance and song, and more.
So that's my next Big Show. To develop a "Music of the World" repertoire, find individuals or groups who play within it, bring them together to improvise with African polyrhythm musicians and identify the links which are definitely real but not known to many western music-lovers.
This Big Show could go on a long time!
Maybe I will call it MISSING LINKS, or maybe there is a better name.
If there are kindred spirits out there with the same dream, I welcome your contacting me.