"The irresistible appeal of Black individuality . Where has all of that gone? The very people who blazed our path to self expression and pioneered a resolutely distinct voice, have too often succumbed to mind-numbing sameness and been seduced by simply repeating what we hear, what somebody else said or thought, not digging deep to learn what wethink or what we feel or what we believe.
Now it is true that the genius of African culture is surely its repetition, but the key to such repetition was that new elements were added each go ‘round. Every round goes higher and higher. Something fresh popped off the page or jumped from a rhythm that had been recycled through the imagination of a writer or a musician. Each new installation bore the imprint of our unquenchable thirst to say something of our own, in our ownway, in our own voice as best we could, the trends of the time be damned.
Thank God we’ve still got musicians and thinkers whose obsession with excellence and whose hunger for greatness remind us that we should all be unsatisfied with mimicking the popular rather than mining the fertile veins of creativity that God placed deep inside each of us.”
click the picture to hear the song. the speech starts at about 3:20
Actually working on a paper for grad school about this topic. Might even add this quote to the beginning of my paper…if that’s possible. lol.