You cannot sing African music in proper English— Fela Kuti
Breathtaking African Music quotations
I've got to where I am in life not because of something I brought to the world but through something I found - the wealth of African culture.
Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
I will never again play anything that does not have social significance.
We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we are master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we've been through.
I have this ability to find this hidden talent in people that sometimes even they didn't know they had.
There's a category for me. I like to be referred to as a good singer of good songs in good taste.
Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going.
Silence is a sounding thing, To one who listens hungrily
First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African.
So Black people need to get the credit for that.
It's a great thing about being a musician;
you don't stop until the day you die, you can improve. So it's a wonderful thing to do.
People called rock & roll 'African music.' They called it 'voodoo music.' They said that it would drive the kids insane. They said that it was just a flash in the pan - the same thing that they always used to say about hip-hop.
As far as being an African artist, my inspiration has been the fact that I'm a part of the generation that will put Nigerian African music on a global scale. It's been a long road for us, but I believe we're finally at that point where we can showcase our music to the world and get international recognition.
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.
African music, though very old, is always being rediscovered in the West.
As players of instruments, it is our duty to reach out and give light to those in the dark in whatever way that we can. All my actions are a fulfilment of all the African music genres - I'm only trying to maintain the culture and the tradition. I am a musician.
Congolese rumba was so huge in Africa that everybody was inspired by it.
But my African roots brought me this music. In every African family, parties in Brussels, we used to listen to this kind of music. And salsa music as well.
There's a similarity between European and North African folk musics.
I was born with music inside me
The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope.
I grew up singing Mexican music, and that's based on indigenous Mexican rhythms.
Mexican music also has an overlay of West African music, based on huapango drums, and it's kind of like a 6/8 time signature, but it really is a very syncopated 6/8. And that's how I attack vocals.
My own personal theory is that all popular music, in whatever form it is, to me, it all comes from Africa. Whether it's filtered through America or whatever - African-American. But I still think there's something in that roots music that's very, very African, and I think that's what unites people.
The idea of a hypnotic riff as the prime mover of a piece of music has been around for a long time, whether you're talking about the Delta blues or music from Middle Eastern and African cultures.
Ray Charles' revolutionary approach to music was also reflected in his politics and his deep and abiding commitment to Martin Luther King and the plight of African-Americans. Ray Charles may not have been on the front lines, but he put his money where his mouth was.
One of my dreams is to expand and make sure African music and Afro Beats music is really on the map. I would like to be a contribution to that success.
We deliberately used elements from Brazilian music and from African and Asian music. Now people can hear that but then it sounded so abstract, they couldn't hear it.
Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
Miles Davis was doing something inherently African, something that has to do with all forms of American music, not just jazz.
I've been informed by both sides, jazz, western music, Asian music, African music, all sides, because I've been interested in the sound of the universe, and that sound is without limit.
The basic success of the conga came from .
..that basic principle of African music and dance: everybody participates. The conga eradicated the distinction between performer and audience, broke down the wall of the proscenium.
I did a little bit to raise the dignity and recognition of the greatness of African-American music.
Music is the universal language.
Miles Davis was a master. In every phase of his career, he understood that this music was a tribute to the African muse.
I like African and avant-garde music, anything that's vaguely interesting.
Hard rock I get a bit bored with because it's what I do. So anything outside of hard rock's fine by me.
The role that theater has placed in enhancing consciousness and moving systems ahead. I think of what South African theater meant for the apartheid movement, for example. I think of what music has meant for so many social movements across time.
From politics and business to music and food to culture, African-Americans have helped to shape our state's colourful past and its future.