5.0 Story of Jazz / Historische Wurzeln

An overview of the history of South African music, from the simple use of song to praise creation to the unique jazz sound of today. A high quality introduction to the great artists of South Africa.


Sklaverei und Entwurzelung

Slave song by Sade

Understanding Slavery

Songs from Slavery

Latino students recount the history of slavery in the United States and the importance of songs as a way for slaves to communicate.

The descendants of slaves should be paid reparations for 300 years of forced labour!

The UN says:

Slavery and the slave trade are among the worst violations of human rights in the history of humanity. The transatlantic slave trade was unique within the entire history of slavery due to its duration (four hundred years), its scale (approximately 17 million people excluding those who died during transport) and the legitimization accorded to it, including under laws of the time.

The transatlantic slave trade constituted the biggest deportation in history and is often referred to as the first example of globalization. Lasting from the 16th century to the 19th century, it involved several regions and continents: Africa, North and South America, Europe and the Caribbean and resulted in the sale and exploitation of millions of Africans by Europeans.


The legacy of the transatlantic slave trade is the subject of much debate. There can be no doubt that it resulted in the destruction of a significant portion of the language, culture and religion of millions of enslaved Africans. The removal of such large numbers of people from Africa disrupted the African economy and is believed by some scholars to have permanently disadvantaged Africa compared to other parts of the world. It can also be argued that slavery redefined Africans to the world, leaving a legacy of racism and stereotyping of Africans as inferior.

Legacy of slavery