Thursday, November 2, 2017


It is well documented that Jazz did not come to the Americas with the African slaves. It was developed by third to fifth generation newly freed slaves in the US, in the latter part of the 1800s. From the beginning they had little time for music and dance of their own and their music developed from admiration of the Indian music and the marches of the day, the Parades. Very well documented.

"Social dancers think that music and dance simply stirs our curious consciousness and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.”  

The basic movements of Caribbean dance and music come from the Indian Civilizations in Mexico. Where did you think the natives of the Caribbean come from? From the American Continent around them. This began some time during the Olmec Civilizations about 1000 BC. So that by the time the first illegal aliens arrived from Europe in 1492, 2500 years later, they were fairly well established in the Caribbean. They danced to their own music and they danced and they danced.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

They had their dances down pretty pat with little influence from the illegals, The slaves from Africa arrived a century later but had no common culture. They were from West Africa, South Africa, North Africa, East Africa and Central Africa. Many could not even speak to each other and of course that was encouraged by the slave owners. They were not exposed to high society dancing but they found it easy to accept the Indian drumming, in some cases familiar. The dancing was out of their world.

"Y Volvere" by Viki Carr

You can see them dancing in the present day on videos. Just dancing up and down the way they have been doing for centuries. The rock step and the chasse were developed even before the Mayans by the Olmecs. The histories are there for anyone to read. But to tell someone that the Caribbean dancing came from Africa is quite in error. However, we can certainly say that the Negroes learned the Indian music and dance very well indeed.

"Social dancers know that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”