Voice Of Africa

Africa is an amazing musical continent. I believe everyone is affected in some way by the beats and sounds that arise from there. In the town I live in, Santa Fe, New Mexico, people love to learn to drum and learn African dancing. There is something so grounding about their music’s tempo and movement. It connects us with our own internal rhythm – the heartbeat, pulse, aging and movement through time. A lot of original instruments and sounds are produced on the African continent. It ties us back to who we are and where we came from.

Voice of Africa

Sings out from the soul.

Passion soaked Griot singers,

Tell the land to its people.

What was on this earth before,

Show me the shores of your waters.

Billowing forth in mottled shades of ash,

Weather from volcanic muss

Or burning wars.

Freedom held between its fingers

The songs that spoke to all hearts

Beating like drums,

Pulsating like dances in the sun.


Please use the comments at the bottom of this post to tell me your own stories, poems, opinions and thoughts.

Writing assignment: Write about how African music has influenced you in some way.

Music assignment: Be inspired by African drums and compose a piece using drum beats in the background.

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About tatiana333

Tatiana Pietrzak graduated with a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After studying in London, Paris, Siena and Florence, she lived and worked for four years in Beijing in film and television. She has published articles in The Beijing University Newsletter, The Eagle and The Santa Fe New Mexican. In addition, she has won two Editor’s Choice awards from the National Library of Congress and was granted a Distinguished Membership from the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee of The International Society of Poets. Presently Tatiana is working on her first novel and a second compilation of poetry.
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One Response to Voice Of Africa

  1. Martha says:

    Yes, totally. I love listening to African music. The drum beats especially seem to go straight into my heart and makes me feel like moving and dancing.

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