[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 Mabunda.

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 Mabunda, 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 Mabunda, 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 Mabunda, Journalist, art historian and author

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


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] Discussing the psychology of happiness

[LISTEN] Discussing the psychology of happiness

Clinical psychologist Hayden Knibbs we almost open the doors to joy if there are currently are things that create happiness.

[LISTEN] Ramaphosa vs Mkhwebane: the battle continues

[LISTEN] Ramaphosa vs Mkhwebane: the battle continues

The Public Protector last week found that the President deliberately misled Parliament about a donation to his election campaign.

Tips on how to recover from infidelity

Tips on how to recover from infidelity

Dr Eve says if what you are doing will hurt your partner then that is infidelity.

[LISTEN] Prison rape: A survivor tells his story

[LISTEN] Prison rape: A survivor tells his story

Isak Sass shares his story with Eusebius McKaiser and the rest of the 702 listeners.

Callers weigh in on land invasion protests in Lenasia, Kliptown and Ennerdale

Callers weigh in on land invasion protests in Lenasia, Kliptown and Ennerdale

More police officers have been deployed to the southern Johannesburg as protests over illegal land occupation spread.

Reflecting on Johnny Clegg's role in pursuing social cohesion, non-racialism

Reflecting on Johnny Clegg's role in pursuing social cohesion, non-racialism

The South African singer died on Tuesday at the age of 66.

Popular articles
47% probability of the rand crashing in next 12 months - Rand Merchant Bank

47% probability of the rand crashing in next 12 months - Rand Merchant Bank

The writing is probably on the wall for the resurgent rand. Bruce Whitfield interviews John Cairns, a Strategist at RMB.

'Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane made lots of mistakes and simply lied'

'Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane made lots of mistakes and simply lied'

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lied and acted in bad faith, the ConCourt ruled. Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Cathy Powell.

3 hottest shares on the JSE this week (by Cannon Asset Managers)

3 hottest shares on the JSE this week (by Cannon Asset Managers)

Samantha Steyn, a portfolio manager at Cannon Asset Managers, shares her stock picks of the week.

'It's about time too!' DJ Fresh on his new 947 gig  #FreshOn947

'It's about time too!' DJ Fresh on his new 947 gig #FreshOn947

The news that DJ Fresh would be joining 947 was dominating on social media on Monday with the hashtag #Freshon97

Lion King fan pleads with parents not to take their kids to the cinema at night

Lion King fan pleads with parents not to take their kids to the cinema at night

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'A lot of people may have wanted him dead.'  - Who killed Mark Batchelor?

'A lot of people may have wanted him dead.' - Who killed Mark Batchelor?

A Sunday newspaper report has suggested the soccer ace's death may have been linked to a missing stash of cocaine.

You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler did a forensic analysis of the Russia-based app. Check it out.

46 women rescued in Joburg sex trafficking raid

46 women rescued in Joburg sex trafficking raid

An expert on human trafficking explains how the syndicate operates and how women are lured into dens.