Brett Schlesinger – in his famous TED talk “Africa, though less successful financially, economically and technologically than the west, has something to teach the rest of the world about connection. In Africa, in general, even amidst extreme poverty, there is less isolation and more community.
These types of activities occur naturally in Africa where performers and audience are not separated. The village would clap, click, sing and dance along with the performers and this idea of sitting silently in a darkened auditorium while the performers go mad on stage is a western concept.
This sense of UBUNTU, which means, “I am because of who we are ” is one of the things that has drawn me to African music my whole life.”