During the height of the African liberation struggles on the continent
and in the United States, music took on new aspects that reflected the
trials, tribulations and triumphs of the masses of people. From
Africa, through the Caribbean, North America, South America and
Europe, there was a burst of creative fervor that lasted for decades
throughout the 20th century.
Of course the ruling class recognized the inseparable link between
culture, politics and revolution. More attention was directed towards
undermining the framework of identity which marked the African
Personality and its viability as a force for social change and
Our guest in the second hour of this program, Norman Otis Richmond of
Toronto, was on the ground level during the formation of the BMA. The
organization not only promoted the best of African music from around
the globe but also played a role in the cultural boycott which was an
important weapon in the arsenal of the national liberation movements
in Southern Africa.
We discuss with Richmond the current state of Black Music along with
radio and newsprint. He is active in all arenas and provides insights
into present and prospects for the future.