Welcome to the red stream wikispace. The goal of this page is to draw connections between very diverse music from different sources, and to discover the African influence on everything from gospel, to rap/hip-hop, to rock. Some aspects of African influence include beat, rhythm, call and response, storytelling, and many other elements that is included in almost all music. In this page, I will compare three songs. One modern song, one from another country, and one that was made before 1974.

Modern Song:
Name: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Artist: Daft Punk
Album: Discovery
Date Released: October 13, 2001
Genre: House
Country Of Origin: France
Discovery Album Cover
Discovery Album Cover

Summary: According to the artist, this song has no actual meaning. This song is like that of African folk music because it uses many layered beats, call and response of a sort, and lots of percussion.

Song From Other Country:
Name: La Camisa Negra
Artist: Juanes
Album: Mi Sangre
Date Released: September 28, 2004
Genre: Latin Rock
Country of Origin: Colombia
Mi Sangre Album Cover
Mi Sangre Album Cover

Summary: This song is about Juanes' feelings towards his ex-wife. It relates to African music in using layered sounds, percussion, and telling a story through song.

Old Song (1971 or Earlier):
Name: Light My Fire
Artist: The Doors
Album: The Doors
Date Released: January 1967
Genre: Rock
Country of Origin: USA
The Doors Album Cover
The Doors Album Cover

Summary: This song relates to African folk music in its using call and response, telling a story of a sort, and percussion to keep the beat.