Music and Black America’s Continuous Struggle for Freedom

It has been stated that “Freedom is a Constant Struggle,” and that in fact is a freedom song that was repeatedly sung in the southern United States during the 20th century freedom movement, as teacher, activist and symbol of the Black power movement, Angela Y. Davis, writes in her book of the same name.

If it is true that indeed “Freedom is a Constant Struggle,” then standing right beside this struggle, and moving, growing and evolving with this struggle is the music that has been, and still is, accompanying it, music that was invented and created seemingly for the purpose of helping this historic struggle find a language of its own.

Black people who came from Africa and spoke many different languages somehow found a way to communicate with each other, and it started with basic sign language and went to music by way of the drum. Communication by these many different tribes of Africans was very important to their collective survival in the new land of America and new life-changing oppression called American chattel slavery. There was an understanding that working together and finding new ways to communicate with each other would help them in fighting against the inhumane treatment they were experiencing with the yoke of oppression, racism, hatred and inhumanity surrounding them. Their fight for the dream of real freedom mainly depended on them working together, learning together, teaching each other, caring for each other and never giving up in their constant and never-ending struggle for freedom.

So, from the drums on different plantations that communicated with slaves on distant plantations, to the songs sung by the people who were enslaved, to the banjos and other

— source | Kevin Cooper | Feb 17, 2021

Nullius in verba


Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) – Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 (1878)
Sergey Krylov, violin
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
Russian National Orchestra

Pablo de Sarasate – Gypsy Airs Zigeunerweisen
Rudolf Koelman, Violin
Fremantle Chamber Orchestra (FCO)
Chris van Tuinen, Conductor

Nullius in verba