TEDxObserver- Hugh Masekela -The Western Influence on the African youth PLUS music performance
Heritage is beneficial to the society. African stands at the frontline of those that have lost their heritage because of the misconception of education,religion, advertisements, politics and television.
If you impoverish people and take away their land then they are less capable of exhibiting their heritage crafts and their heritage performances.
It is a thing that has very much disappeared in most of Africa, especially urban Africa because they have been convinced that their heritage is barbaric, evil, backward, primitive and pagan.They have really brought it to an extent where we don’t even try to look like who we really are at any point in our lives.
When people come to Africa these days, they always come to look at the animals, to find Mandela or to look at the geographical size because her heritage( arts and crafts) have more or less disappeared or have been colonized by expatriate businesses.
There is no place that is more diversified and has a cross section of excellent heritage like Africa but it’s invisible. Nobody has the chance to see it and when they come to Africa, they are escorted to see the elephants,lions and victoria falls.
I am on a crusade to at least make it visible and to be involved in building places where heritage performances can take place. To restore the arts and crafts and ownership of what the people do instead of working for expatriate businesses.
I want to point out that the only artistes that have really made it overseas are those who are heritage arts oriented like Miriam Makeba, Salif Keita,Youssou N’dour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and myself. I dont think i would have been known if i had come overseas and tried to imitate overseas artistes.
Heritage lives forever. There is no place that needs to see it come back more than the African diaspora and especially the African Continent.
When i speak to a lot of Africans about this they say “why are you trying to take us back to the dark ages?” but my usual answer is “if you don’t know where you are coming from, you are not going anywhere except you are making yourself vulnerable to be swallowed in by other cultures”
People do not even want to stay in their rural homelands anymore, everyone wants to come to the city to find this miracle of the West that does not exist.
There is nothing better than heritage restoration to preserve the history of Africa and also to make the future children of Africa really know who they are.
In the end when you go to China, India and even England, people really know England not because of the queen but because of its heritage and it will be a real pity to miss and to lose in Africa