From Back in the Day

Discover music that was the soundtrack to important historical events within the African Diaspora.

Back in the Day: On the Organization of African Unity

      The Creator has given us this share of the earth that goes by the name of the African continent; it belongs to us and we are its only masters. – Patrice Lumumba, African Unity and National Independence, 1959 By 1963, there were thirty-two liberated African nations. For any newly freed nation, the question of, “what now?” always arises, as forming policies and a flourishing nation post-colonialism is a hard task. One must understand how to unbind the country from the damaging grasps of white-colonial policies. The question of “what now?” was proposed in two ways; The Cassablanca Bloc…

Back in the Day: Before the War Came: Nostalgia and Liberian Independence

  Song: Comin’ Home Artist: Tecumsay Roberts Album: Comin’ Home Writer: Tecumsay Roberts, Anthony James, Boni Boyer Released: Bamboo Records, Year Unknown All Hail Liberia, Hail: Liberia, West Africa was colonized by freed slaves from the United States of America, through the sponsorship of the American Colonization Society. It was their belief that freed blacks would have more opportunity for success in Africa, and more than five-thousand black Americans were sent to Liberia. These Americo-Liberians or “Congo People” as my mother references them, created a socio-political caste system that mirrored that of the United States; a minority ruling class maintaining complete…

Back in the Day: The Liberation of Ghana

Song: Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Yo Mpena Artist: K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas Album: K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas Released: Ofo Bros ‎- OFBLS 1012 (LP) Ghana 1977. Writers: Alhaji Kwabena Frimpong  Independence Day. March 6, 1957. At long last, the battle has ended!  And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever! Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah   (March 6, 1957) And with these words, Ghana became the first African nation to gain its independence from Europe. I make the distinction of using the word gain, to stress that Ghanaians were not given autonomy over our land, we fought…

Back in the Day: The Arrest of Sekou Odinga

  On October 23, 1981 Sekou Mgbozi Abdullah Odinga was arrested for the attempted murder of a police officer. He was later charged and convicted for the liberation of Assata Shakur and attempted murder of a police officer, given forty (40) and twenty five (25) years to life, respectively. He has been imprisoned since and is not eligible for parole until 2033. Sekou is responsible for bringing the Black Panther Party to the Bronx, New York in 1968, which implemented various programs to the benefit of poor and working class black families. I do not have cable in my apartment, so Twitter…