For the past few weeks we’ve been learned about music from African cultures and how they relate to modern day music. This is called ethnomusicology. Ethnomusicology is the study of music and dance through culture or society. If you’re like me you’re properly wandering how music from different parts of the world can relate to each other. I mean we don’t even speak the same language. But Music isn’t just about the languages. Music is about a lot more like the feeling, the beats, the instruments, and the story it tells. From this page you’ll learn how music from the 70s relates to what we listen to now and in other non-English speaking counties. Hope you enjoy

Song before 1974

The Temptations

Artist: The Temptations
Song: My Girl
Genre: Soul
released: 1964

Lyrics | The Temptations - My Girl lyrics

Synopsis: This song relates to African American music in many ways. One way it relates to African American music is because it’s a soul genre. Soul music was a mix of blues and gospel music. Soul relates to work songs. Work songs were song sung by African American slaves to help them and give them encouragement to finish the work quicker that later became blues. Another way this song relates to African American music is through feelings or Emotion. African American used work songs, as codes for freedom also known as hidden messages, which emotionally were the feeling of sadness. Later on after slaves won their freedom the great depression and segregation converted work songs into the genre called blues witch was another way of expression of sadness. But doing the late 60s to 70s as things started getting better African Americans could then moved on to other thing like love which lad to the creation of soul. So basically soul music was formed based on how things changed over time. The beats also stayed in line with the vocals. They also used a lot of similar instruments like the drums, the piano, and guitar.

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Song: Olufunmi
Genre: Nigeria R&B
Released: 2008

Synopsis: The song Olufunmi by Styl-Plus relates to African American music in a lot of ways. One way the song relates to African American music is because it’s an genre called Nigeria R&B. Nigeria R&B is R&B but made in Nigeria. Incase you don’t know Nigeria is a part of west Africa. To get back on topic R&B was originally known as rhythm and blues music which was a mix of Jazz, Blues, Traditional pop, Jump blues, and Gospel. Rhythm and blues was originally created by African Americans in the late 1940s. Rhythm and blues has been known as Contemporary R&B since the 1980s. Contemporary R&B is a mix of Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, and Hip-Hop.

Song From non-English speaking country

Ofori Amponsah


Artist: Ofori Amponsah
Song: Otolege
Genre: Highlife
About the Artist: Ofori Amponsah is a highlife musician whose work is appreciated by a large number of Ghanaians. He sings about relationships in various situations. His voice is pitched between alto and tenor, thus it cannot be said to be a feminine voice neither is it the deep baritone type normally associated with male singers. Ofori uses others like Kofi Ntie, Barosky and K.K. Fosu (my second favorite ghana highlife songer) to give the vocals an extra fillip.

Synopsis: The song “Otolege” relates to African American music in a lot of ways. One way is because it’s an African music. Otolege is in a genre called highlife and hiplife. Highlife is a genre that started in Ghana in the1880s. Highlife is one of the oldest music styles in Africa. Highlife is a fusion of rhythms from the West African coast and black people from both South and North America. Since then highlife has spreaded from Ghana to many other West African countries like Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Hiplife is like highlife but with hip-pop .Hiplife is also a mix of
reggaeton, dancehall, and reggae.