Hi! My name is Ashley W. I attend SLA (Science Leadership Academy) High school and in my History Class students were assigned a project which allowed us to compare and study ethomusicology. In this project each student was suppose to pick three songs; One of our own choice, another that was made before the year 1973 or 1972, and a song that was not made in the U.K or U.S. With our choices we had to find out how each song we'd chosen related to African American history. With the information we found in our research we were to make make a "Wikispace" showcasing the three songs we chose and how they related to African American History. On my page, below each song is listed with an album cover, a sample of the song, and synopsis which tells how each song has a relation to African American History. Each song has the date it was released as well as their genres listed. Enjoy!

The Doobie Brothers
Takin' it to the Streets

Song Information

Artist: The Doobie Brothers
Album: Takin' it to the Streets
Song: Takin' it to the Streets
Release Date: 1976
Genre: Rock/Soul

Synopsis: In the African American history there has been a sense of brotherhood brought up throughout the community. Trying to create peace and equality within the African America community has been a struggle throughout history. In this song, "Takin' it to the Streets" Micheal Mcdonald sings " You don't know me, but I'm your brother. I was raised in this living hell." Throughout African American history their have been acts of violence committed upon one another within the community . In my opinion, we must realize that were are all brothers sisters and some of us have similar trails and struggles that in the past years we have been able to improve and overcome by "Takin' it to the Street."



Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

Song Information
Artist: STEAM Album: Jock Rock, Vol. 1
Song: Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Release Date: 1969
Genre: Rock/Soul

Synopsis: There is a lot of percussion that is used in modern music that have origins to African percussion. In this song they use various instruments two of which that are very apparent throughout the song are the xylophone and the drums. The "Akadinda" is a "instrument that is played throughout Central Africa in many different traditions." It is very similar to the xylophone in both use and appearance.




Rock Me Amadeus

Song Information

Artist: Falco Album: Falco 3
Song: Rock Me Amadeus
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Pop/Rap

Synopsis: One of the elements in this song that is used in relation to African American history is the way the lyrics in this song are said. Rap is a form of literature otherwise known as poetry which has been transformed into music by the way lyrics are pronounced or said. Rap is sometimes expressed in a way to entertain and send messages to the people. Although the lyrics in the song aren't necessarily trying to send a message of peace or to stop the violence, it raises awareness of a great composer, "Amadeus Mozart" in a form of music that has been used in the African American community for years. Rap also has a origin related to forms of "scat" which is used in jazz which the African American community has contributed greatly to.