Music for Kwanzaa Celebration

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Choose positive and upbeat music for Kwanzaa. Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa in this free holiday celebration video from an authority on African-American culture.

Part of the Video Series: Kwanzaa Traditions & Customs
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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Masequa Myers and we will be talking about different activities to celebrate Kwanzaa. I want to start first with music. Celebration is nothing without music and you want to mix the music. You want to, of course, have some traditional African music and you want to have some African-American music. And since Kwanzaa is all about the celebration of the good in ourselves and the excellence of ourselves, it's important to select music that is positive and upbeat. I have a few CDs right here that I would highly recommend. This one, "Kwanzaa for Young People," and it was produced by Mr. Mims and Patsy Moore. You might want to pick that up, it really talks about each one of the principles of Kwanzaa. Such a fun CD. And then there's Angelique Kidjo, which is a wonderful CD of African music, and she's quite a performer. And then we have this wonderful "African Odyssey," which is a combination of so many different kinds of African music or people of African descent all around the world and across the entire diaspora. So we have Brazilian music and African music and African-American music, a wonderful selection. And this wonderful African-American artist, Maia, also has a wonderful flavor for celebrating Kwanzaa and any kind of fun activity. So, don't forget your music as activity around Kwanzaa. Singing and dancing is a must. And also, what you want to do is not forget that there are chants that you can have and storytelling. And not just of African fables, but of some of these wonderful African-American stories that your mother and father can tell or your grandmother or your great grandfather can tell about their life experiences. So activities such as music, chants and storytelling are a must at the Kwanzaa celebration. And in our next clip, we will talk about some of the myths of celebrating Kwanzaa.


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