Divided Family: Through Music, Cubans Trace Their Roots To Sierra Leone
It is often said that music has the power to bring people together. That sentiment is definitely an understatement when it comes to the Afro-Cubans community Ganga-Longoba of Perico.
Cuba’s Ganga people have been singing the same African chants for generations, but it wasn’t until an Australian researcher took interest in the songs, that they were able to trace their chants to a remote village in Sierra Leone, 170 years after the slave trade.
“When I first filmed the Ganga-Longoba, I believed their ceremonies were a mixture of many different ethnic groups,” says historian Emma Christopher, of Sydney University. “I had no idea that a large number of Ganga songs would come from just one village. I think that’s extremely unusual,” she says.
After tracing their roots back to Sierra Leone, four Cubans made the trip to the African country to delve more into their history. Christopher captured the moment for the documentary They Are We.
"Cuba was cut off at a time when other nations in the Americas were going through black pride and fighting for some justice for what happened to their ancestors," says Dr. Christopher, who points out that the island’s 1959 revolution declared racism ‘solved’. That left a lot of Afro-Cubans adrift, not knowing how to celebrate where they came from and be proud of it," she says.
Whilst many Cubans of Spanish descent have rushed to seek out their ancestry—and passports—Afro-Cubans have been far less anxious to do the same. Organizing a reunion for the divided “family” wasn’t easy given restrictions on traveling from Cuba at the time, and limited resources. But eventually, four Cubans did make their ancestors’ voyage in reverse - to Sierra Leone.
“When I opened my mouth to sing, they just stood there staring,” Elvira Fumero recalls of her arrival in Mokpangumba. “Then it was like an explosion. They started to sing the responses, and dance with me. And I knew then that this was where the Ganga came from,” she says, smiling.
For Alfredo Duquesne, visiting Sierra Leone changed everything.
"It was as if I’d just left the previous weekend. I touched the soil and thought: ‘This is it. I’ve come back,’" he says, describing himself now as ‘at peace’. "At last I know where I come from," Alfredo says. "I’m not a stranger anymore."
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Stokely Carmichael, setting shit straight and placing responsibility for the “race problem” squarely where it belongs.
The very language in regards to civil rights in this country is embedded in white supremacist ideology. How many of us have been duped into accepting the fallacious notion that whites have “given” blacks rights? The notion itself presupposes black inferiority while failing to acknowledge the root problem: white racism. Change the language, change your mind.
Pair with “Racism is the white people’s disease”. Ya’ll brought on the problems.
I would totally make galaxy Converse shoes like my own to sell if the base shoe didn’t cost $50 on a good day. Because how much extra would someone really spend on splotchy-painted shoes.
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If you live in any of the places highlighted in red, I automatically assume you are unintelligent. You are all nothing but a bunch of uneducated, backwards, racist, crooked teeth, inbreds who couldn’t properly speak your way out of a paper bag. First of all, it is a FOOTPATH not a SIDEWALK. Second of all, it’s called a FIZZY DRINK not a SODA. Third of all, they are called SHOPPING TROLLEYS not SHOPPING CARTS. Fourth of all, your accents are beyond atrocious, and going back to basic 1st grade speech classes will be in order. I am so glad that most Americans do not move out of their region. Even if you’re not a stereotypical hick, you all still have hick-like qualities about you.
So please, just know that if you are from Noth America, I truly and honestly believe that you are beneath me. I pity your educational systems (and drivers ed as well). If you’re from the US and you EVER in your life try to get into an argument with me, I will laugh at you in your face. You’re not worth my time. I hate the way people from Canada talk as well, but I can tolerate that much more than I can any american accent. I am extremely privileged to be living in a European country. Where I was born and raised alone proves that I am far more intelligent than you are. If it ever came between a US citizen having a job oppurtunity and someone from a civilized place such as me, or somebody from Russia or Asia or Australia, we are more likely to get hired. Just keep that in mind.
I really don’t consider Alaska a part of the US, so you all are excused.
yeah but do YOU have 50 chicken mcnuggets?
yeah. i thought not you wet leaf drinking weenie.
Considering the shopping CART was invented in Oklahoma City, OK of the United States….