Cultural Impact Of African Diaspora

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Katso Sebina
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The effect of the African Diaspora on cultural continuity in the Americas
The African diaspora in the Atlantic world, specifically in the Americas, brought about the alteration, preservation and transmission of African culture to new environments through the transatlantic slave trade. Among the settlements of the Americas, the influence of African culture can be vividly seen in various aspects of cultural forms. These cultural forms include languages, music, spiritual beliefs, martial arts and many other cultural aspects such as food. The influence of African culture and customs will further be discussed in order to depict their presence in the Americas. The advancement of localised regions
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What highlighted this specific connection was the influence of food. The Columbian Exchange brought about the exchange of multiple commodities, and thus the exchange of food, and people, between the Caribbean and West Africa. Africans brought new techniques of stews and marinades . African cuisine brought different staple foods to the Atlantic world, which include starches, proteins and marinated sauces that had pepper bases. African starches include sorghum, millet, rice and yams. In turn, West Africa was introduced to new foods from the Caribbean which altered African cuisine. Food practices and patterns revolutionised in the Atlantic due to the slave trade and slave-labour based settlements. An example of African food fashions is the West African tradition of eating from a bowl as well as using one’s fingers as utensils of…show more content…
The introduction of drums to the Atlantic world by African slaves is quite significant as “the drums and related forms of percussion (polyrhythmic drumming) survived or reappeared everywhere in the Americas.” Another African instrument, that gained much significance in the Americas, more specifically in Brazil, was the mbira, which originated in present day Zimbabwe. The xylophone, also coming from Africa, symbolised African culture in the Americas. Interestingly, the term marimba attained the meaning of both the xylophone and the mbira in the Caribbean and Brazil. Slaves in Brazil were usually musicians for white private parties as well as public festivals for the black communities. Along with music, religious celebrations played a crucial role in the mixing of cultures. For example, in Brazil, this was embodied by the Batuque. The Batuque was a celebration that aimed to recreate the experience that slaves participated in, in their homelands. It represented black and slave identity and displayed the deepest and meaningful manifestations of African culture. The Batuque incorporated dance and drumming and invited people of different brackets to watch. This clearly depicts how people of different categories were exposed to different forms of African culture and ultimately incorporated it into their cultural forms. Along with African

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