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What is African Art?: A post Colonial New WorldView of African Art

Though this body of work is to express the world view of African Art(s) and its significance in the post-colonial modern era, I aim to further educate and elaborate on the history of
African Arts and the issues that follow.

Today Hip-hop, a part of African American culture, are also remnants or reflections of the original culture Africans were stripped of during colonialism. what makes a lot of the art African, in which we see includes the bass, and the profusions of butt shaking and belly dancing (which we tend to see most of in today’s music videos).

However, these aspects of Hip-hop (also acknowledged as African American culture) are remnants or reflections of the original culture Africans were stripped of during slavery. Our relation and love for the bass beats that is in almost every Hip-hop or rap instrumental or song, comes from the ancestral heritage and culture of the African drum.

Drums “play” an important part in African culture.

The issue of todays worldview of African art(s) is the lack of understanding and knowledge of what African art culture encompasses.

Most people I asked could not give a direct answer as to what African art is.

While others would remain one dimensional- only being able to identify hip-hop as African art culture.

In some ways this issue further extends out into other more complex issues such as culture appropriation.

Culture appropriation is the act of using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing the respect or understanding of that culture.

There are countless examples of this today with the appropriation of African hair styles, cultural clothing, music, and dance.

An example Post Malone, a white Hip-hop artist who is known for his stereotypical references to blacks throughout his music and his appearance, revealed his lack of true understanding of African culture and art when responded “I don’t know, keep making music I guess.”

When asked what he would do to support BlackLivesMatter.

His response is an example of that lack of understanding and being able to connect African music and culture with the struggles of the African descendants related to the diaspora.

In a discussion I had with other students on campus, one of the students posed a question, “does African Art have to be made by an African person to be African Art?” eventually the response to that answer was made by another student who points out that as long as the art depicts African culture So, this is what I believe gives rise to the the issue of culture appropriation.

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