Editorial

The Rise Of Jazz Music In Africa! – By Charles Onyei

The Rise Of Jazz Music In Africa! – By Charles Onyei

Africa might seem too large, imposing and omnipresent a continent to be subject to something so ephemeral as a pop and jazz ''revival.'' But right now we seem to be in the midst of just such a revival, nonetheless. Everywhere, western musicians are turning to Africa, either for reaffirmation of a lost or dimly remembered ethnic heritage or for a more abstract kind of inspiration. To speak of Africa as if it offered a single, consistent musical style is, of course, a ludicrous oversimplification.