Musicians can’t go far if they don’t understand Yoruba Music, others-Quincy Jones

Legendary American music producer-songwriter, Quincy Jones sent shock waves through the entertainment industry world-wide with the revelations that emerged from his interview with Vulture.com
And one of the things he said beyond the ‘Jackson’, ‘Pryor’ and ‘Ivanka’s’ spill  is that today’s musicians can’t really go far with their  craft, if they don’t understand how to play our own ‘Yoruba Music’ among others.
The icon was asked, if he considered his thoughts about music as archaic and this was his response:
“Musical principles exist, man. Musicians today can’t go all the way with the music because they haven’t done their homework with the left brain. Music is emotion and science. You don’t have to practice emotion because that comes naturally. Technique is different. If you can’t get your finger between three and four and seven and eight on a piano, you can’t play. You can only get so far without technique. People limit themselves musically, man. Do these musicians know tango? Macumba? Yoruba music? Samba? Bossa nova? Salsa? Cha-cha?”
Little wonder why, King Sunny Ade after releasing his 1983 album got a Grammy award nomination.
Also, Sikiru Adepoju a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria, who played traditional African music and world music as part of the group ‘Planet Drum’, won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 1991.
                                                                                                


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