Slaves that originated from Africa were stolen from there homes and forces to walk from wherever they came from to the coast to then embark on a journey that many didn’t survive. From their home-land, they travelled by a cramped ship to a land strange to them where the citizens treated them in a way that is practically inhuman. Everything was taken from them. Every right was taken from them. New names, family separation and most importantly their freedom. One thing the slave-owners couldn’t take from them was their tradition and hope. This is where the music comes from. Slaves would sing and dance while enduring the labour. They sang songs from where they came from and instruments like : the fiddle and drums.
Name: Jamesetta Hawkins Born : January 25, 1938, Los Angeles, California, Died: January 20,2012, Riverside, California Recognizable songs: At Last, Is a Man Man’s World, Misty Blues. Occupation: Singer-Songwriter Quote: “Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling in it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about. I don't.” Name: Riley B. KING Born: September 16, 1925, Berclair, Mississippi Died: - Recognizable songs: Lucille, Everyday I Have The Blues, The Thrill Is Gone Occupation: Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist Quote: “I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.” Name: James Marshall Hendrix Born: November 27, 1942, Seattle, Washington Died: September 18, 1970, Notting Hill, London Recognizable Songs: Voodoo Chile, Purple Haze, Hey Joe Occupation: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter. Quote: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”