The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #127907   Message #2857797
Posted By: Lox
06-Mar-10 - 03:56 PM
Thread Name: Rap and Talking Blues
Subject: RE: Rap and Talking Blues
Rap is part of the continuing african tradition of improvised vocal expression over relentless rhythms.

In short, yes!

You can easilty trace this process by looking at videos on youtube, of west african music, early american worksongs, blues as it was first preformed ie without instruments, and so on.

Your first port of call to find the missing link should be "the last poets".

There are plenty of clips of them on youtube.