American Jazz, Africa's Voice

American Jazz, Africa's Voice 1

Kofi Ghanaba estate

Some African musicians like Guy Warren (on drums) thought American musicians were simply jumping on the African bandwagon but not playing real African music.

In the 1950s and early 60s, as many African nations shook off their colonial mantles, African-Americans rallied behind their own civil-rights and black-nationalist movements. Jazz came to serve as a bridge between the two continents and their emancipationist moods.

An influential minority of black American jazz musicians harked to Africa, while in various African countries, jazz riffs accompanied the cry for freedom.

From the hundreds of musicians involved in the exchange,