Co Knol

2018

Call and Response

How is it possible that I barely know anything about the period of the Atlantic slave trade in Dutch history? With this question I started thinking about the dangers and consequences of knowing one side of a story and my relation and position towards this.

 

Are the choices we made in the past not still visible nowadays? Are we not the reflection of our society? Are we not the ones responsible for sharing every perspective a story can have? Did we learn from it?

 

I use call and response, which is a communication form in music. It is a succession of two distinct phrases usually written in different parts of music, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or in response to the first. It corresponds to the call-and-response pattern in human communication and is found as a basic element of musical form, such as verse-chorus form, in many traditions. Call and response was used by people made to slave and working on plantations to mock the system.

 

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