Ballet dancer strikes a pose outside her home in Khayelitsha, So

I’m an African child

who fights for justice,

who never prays for war,

vocalizing the one language of love.

I’m an African child
Who dances to the true African music
The world could not be complete without me.
By  Onyekachukwu  Vincent Onyeche
from “The Weary Blues,” by Langston Hughes:

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o’ those Weary Blues.
This image is from Historical Ziegfeld:
 He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Oh, the engineers would see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
People passing by they would stop and say
Oh my that little country boy could play.
Go go!
Go Johnny go
Go Johnny go
Go Johnny go!
By Chuck Berry
While the Black bands sweatin’
And the rhythm rhymes rollin’
Got to give us what we want
Gotta give us what we need
Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
We got to fight the powers that be
Lemme hear you say
Fight the power[Chorus]
As the rhythm designed to bounce
What counts is that the rhymes
Designed to fill your mind
Now that you’ve realized the pride’s arrived
We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
from the heart
It’s a start, a work of art
To revolutionize make a change nothin’s strange
People, people we are the same
No we’re not the same
Cause we don’t know the game
What we need is awareness, we can’t get careless
You say what is this?
My beloved lets get down to business
Mental self defensive fitness
(Yo) bum rush the show
You gotta go for what you know
Make everybody see, in order to fight the powers that be
Lemme hear you say…
Fight the Power!
Public Enemy




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12 thoughts on “TRUE AFRICAN DANCERS

    1. Thank-you so much! I apologize for the
      delay in my reply. I have just visited your website and was pleased to discover a scholar in modern Romanian history, although I have no specific knowledge of your country. I only have a sense of it as a historically Eastern culture continually fractured by conquest, then post- WW II part of the Soviet Bloc, and the period under the notorious, Nicholas? which I don’t know if political scientists define as actual fascism but sounds as close as you can get.
      Congratulations on your PhD! I know the first few years after earning it can be overwhelming for a young scholar.
      I could read only your first post. It looks like a battle is going on behind the scenes. I shall root for you!


  1. Hi Claire,
    These photos are incredibly beautiful. I lived in Kenya a few years ago and the children I worked with changed my life – broke the heart wide open. Thank you for sharing these beautiful words and images.


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