Research Corner - The Music of Africa and it's influence

British Music Production 

In What Ways Has West African Music Influenced British Music Production andCultural Identity for British People of African Descent?

David Asomaning wrote a short research paper as part of his studies at the University of Westminster posing this question, in a nutshell the answer is 'profoundly' a continuing trend in 2021. 


Previous studies have detailed the links between musical styles found on the continent of Africaand the music of African Americans; principally because of the relative ease in mapping thetransatlantic slave route responsible for the dissemination of familiar musical practice found inAfrica. This study looks at the ways in which music from the western region of Africa has influencedBritish music production and cultural identity for British people of African decent. It takes intoconsideration it’s historical and present impact with regard to structure, including notation, timeand meter as well as ontological meanings attached to some of the different West Africanmusic’s or genres that may or may not have been translated or reproduced in British forms of music.

1.1 Methodology 

The study is split into to two sections, firstly a literature review exploring past studies andcommentaries in the field regarding the cultural impact of African music on the West, it alsolooks at musicianship with respect to instrumentation, rhythm and notation. The review helps toshed light on what is already known about the subject, possibly establishing a consensus whilerevealing any gaps in knowledge. (Leyburn Library 2007). The second section of this studyexamines the results of primary research into the importance of West African music in the livesof British people of African decent with respect to pride and self identity. The research wasconducted using a questionnaire designed to capture both quantitive and qualitative data in aneconomical and efficient manner. The questionnaire is used as an effective tool to measurebehaviors, attitudes, preferences and opinions which help in answering the overall researchquestion. (McLeod 2014, Malhorta 2004).

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