“Talking drums,” according to historians, are one of the oldest instruments used by West African griots and can be traced back to ancient Ghana Empire. Its history is uniquely special to African-Americans since they spread with the horrific environs of the slave trade throughout the Carribbean and Central and South America, before being used by slaves in America to communicate with other slaves. As a result, they were banned from use in America.
Just as the griots used the “talking drum” to sound the prayers, greetings and blessings, as well as carry the special messages of West African villages and musicians, it is hoped that “Backstreet Djeli’s Blog” speaks to the heart of our unique African-American community and anyone else that chooses to listen. Afterall, although modern-day slavery supposedly ended in America, in 1865, many minds remain shackled, today, from a profound lack of knowledge in where we come from- and, why.
So, thanks for visiting “Backstreet Djeli’s Blog.” While you’re here, please feel free to check out the blog’s various categories or pages. Simply click on the hyper-link associated with the various titles within the “Categories” or “Archives” section, via the MENU listings. If you prefer, simply scroll through the essays and articles, beginning with the home page’s most recent posting.
For perspective’s sake, the blog was intially started as “Backstreet’s Blog,” at the invitation of “rizingcubenterprises.com” (a music services website belonging to my eldest son) to become a “guest blogger,” to add some depth along the lines of our past journey to the Western Hemisphere.
Since my life journey included various classroom and independent study explorations into ancient African history, African-American history and writing stints for a weekly black newspaper, it was felt that I might be able to offer some insight or unique perspectives to help generate traffic for his commercial website. It did– probably beyond what we both imagined.
However, after “rizingcubenterprises…” decided to shut down temporarily and regroup with a different web host for the future, it grew impossible to ignore the many requests from former readers to continue what was started with “Backstreet’s Blog” articles.
It’s still a ‘blog,” just another blog, pure and simple. And the focus is still along the lines of past blogs: western hemispheric slave rebellion, ancient African history and various African-American experiences. It’s a focus within the genre of what I call “The Missing Pages of History.”
Hopefully, you will continue to devour and demand the essays and blogs in a similar fashion as with “rizingcubenterprises…” Furthermore, it is hoped that you’ll stick around and join the conversation with your comments from time to time and/or by registering to be notified of future postings, at the bottom of any blog/ article.
Meanwhile, thank you for listening, thus far…
Again, it’s still just another blog, with my musings and often with something controversial to chew on- but, hopefully suitable to your individual, inquistive and discernible palates. Besides, to help understand why I write, the mantra I’ve often used with my kids has been, “Shucks, If it ain’t controversial, it probably ain’t worth writing about!”
“Backstreet Djeli” (w.d.s.)