Welcome to my page,

Within this page is comparing the roots of some of our more modern or relevant music to there African roots of repetition, call and response, beat, pace or rhythm. Some of the genres around today show some root growth such as: Gospel, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B and even some Pop. The students at Science Leadership Academy (SLA) have been studying the origins of songs from before we were born ( which was 1994), to have a further understanding of the songs that we listen to everyday. We were told to pick three songs from different categories, such as one from (1) ANYTIME & ANYWHERE, one from (2) 1974 or BEFORE and one from (3) FOREIGN COUNTRY. I have chosen a song from as far back as 1927, as you might have already noticed. We are further studying African American roots (and/or culture), of which we had already been studying before this project began. I hope you enjoyed the music!!

Here are some of the songs and artists I have chosen

My song from ANYTIME & ANYWHERE:

ARTIST: Kierra (“Kiki”) Sheard
SONG: “That thing” (Bonus track)
GENRE: Inspirational
This song “That thing” by Kierra Sheard is an Inspirational song She (the artist, Kirerra) is singing about the feeling she gets from the “holy spirit of Jesus/ god". This song is based off of a Gospel music. Which was originally from the African people would praise to their leader/saver/lord Jesus. These times of vocal prayer may have been in the field as slaves, praising to the lord above or in the church’s for only black people, and now in the church’s for all colors of people and people that believe. They all praise to the lord with song, every branch of Christianity has a way of praising or giving back to their lord/leader.

Please look here if your interested in lyrics of this song:

"That Thing" Lyrics by Kierra Sheard

My song from BEFORE 1974:

In this Video Duke Ellington is playing a Trombone
ARTISIT: Duke Ellington
SONG: It Don’t Mean a Thing (if you Ain’t got that swing)
SYNOPSIS:This song “It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing)” by Duke Ellington is singing and playing about the expression that is given off by your body movements (in this case whether you have attitude or not). This particular movement has to do with swing dancing and your partner; the main point of the song is saying if you don’t have a reason to execute your action or feeling about something then it doesn’t really need to be said at all. Which goes way beyond the context of swing dancing in this song, even though that is what it sounds like on the surface. It is actually trying to teach the listeners a lesson if you listen clearly.
This song goes back into the Jazz ages; this Artist in particular had his own orchestra and a orchestra goes back to when the African people had percussion. Although their form of percussion was different and instruments such as hand drums, shakers, bells and vocals; instead of using all of the instruments that we have today in the U.S. in a standard orchestra. In places had an orchestra, there might have even been horns back then that we have today, such as the Trumpet may have been a animal horn back then.

Please look here if your interested in lyrics of this song:

It don't mean a thing Lyrics



SYNOPSIS: This song “Bia Lulucha “ by Césaria Évora is a song a traditional party song made for the dance floor, this artist is from a Hispanic country, which is not actually stated but I do have know that it is a traditional song from Cape Verdean (A community). This song that I have chosen is actually a newer version of the actual song but with techno in the back round and ofcorse and new lead singer. The original was done by Vinicius de Moraes & Antonio Carlos Jobim, which was a samba/ swing song.This rendition of song has a lot of percussion, and beats for dancing, you can hear a few of some similar instruments in this song as you might in songs from West Africa from around the time when the songs were first performed. Such as: Hand drums and shakers(percussion) made out of materials that they could find which was usually animal hide and bones.

Please look here if your interested in lyrics of this song:

Note: the lyrics are NOT in english
Bia lulucha lyrics�25�

Over all project reflection:

This project was an overall good exposure to the internet and what one person can explain to the world. In a way you can share an experience with more people and faster than ever before.
In this case my class at Science Leadership Academy (SLA) shared what information that we had been learning about African music and where our music came from. We searched on our own what songs we wanted and researched where the songs roots had come from. For me I learned exactly what the genres were, how music can change over a period but still have some traces of the old music left behind. Of which I think is really cool, the fact that so many different genres of music came