Timothy Brennan


On his book Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz

Cover Interview of December 04, 2008

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Popular music is popular because it is influenced by neo-African religious practices.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“There is a scandalous fact underlying the largely negative images of Africa in today’s media: namely, that in the face of this wholesale dissing of the region, there is a massive African unconscious to everyday life and leisure.”

On the second:

“Only European classical music and jazz are ‘world’ music, for they are the only forms known everywhere as a result of first-world marketing muscle and military occupation.”