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"Routes and Roots": African Consciences and the Practice of Repatriation

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Kouassi,Kra (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, Africa, Slave trade, Reggae music, Music, Race identity, Political aspects, Identity (Psychology), Repatriation, Hip-hop
African Consciences is a Parisian based initiative of artistes from the `Black Atlantic' and Africa. They use music to shape a discourse on their identity in relation to Africa, strongly bound to consciousness. The musical itinerary provided by reggae and hip hop constitutes what they see as a means for action to bring alive a "global African network". In this chapter I will reconsider the practice of repatriation, and the meanings it conveys now. I will try to analyse it through African Consciences' "Door of no Return" where they intend to travel back the road of the trans Atlantic trade in Africans. African Consciences has a mediated relation to Africa through roads that join their musical practice to their understanding of African history and tradition. It also carries an ideological intent to bring forth a global Africa through the articulation of routes and roots. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR].