[LISTEN] A conversation on blues music and its history

The blues is the basis of all Africa-American art forms and the circular version of the 'negro spiritual'. Areligious song of a kind associated with black Christians of the southern US, and thought to derive from the combination of European hymns and African musical elements by black slaves.

This is according to journalist, art historian and author Percy Mabandu.

He sat down with Eusebius McKaiser to talk about the musical genre.

Blues music is the secular version of the negro spiritual and in fact if you study it, you will find those African song forms, those things are there - the sense of rhythm, and of course the influence of the protestant church - the hymns and cord progressions.

Percy Mabandu, Journalist, art historian and author

Sometimes there is all this bad stuff that you go through and there is nothing you can do about it but sing. To beat the blues you have to sing the blues, this is why the music often sounds and feels so blue.

Percy Mabandu, Journalist, art historian and author

You have to go through it, it is about embracing the corporeality of your condition and wallowing in it until you can do nothing but walk out.

Percy Mabandu, Journalist, art historian and author

Click on the link below to hear the full conversation....


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