This week there was an article in the New York Times on indie record companies embracing African music. The article presents the growing trend of indie label recording African artists, and casts light to the historical importance of African culture in contemporary music. Africa is a continent with an immense variety of cultures where many of the American music styles take root.
“Part of the joy of discovery for such music fans is the sheer variety of styles to be found on a continent that has a billion people living in more than 50 countries and is the ancestral home of American genres like jazz and the blues.”
This article contains important references to African music and its supporters. The fact that this story is covered by a major media outlet like the New York Times gives me hope that we are indeed starting to live an African invasion (and not the other way around).
Indie Rock Embraces an African Invasion – New York Times – January 28, 2011