Long long ago, I remember my parents always put on this Haitian radio program called "Radio Soleil". It was nice, news, etc. But what I really liked was in the evening they would switch into their "Caribbean voyage!" program which was all music music music.
There is where I learned to appreciate afro-pop music. From then I also started listening to afro-brazillian, African, Zap Mama (Brrlak -is still my favorite). But one interesting thing about the African music, was that there was always a message.
I remember swaying to a song, don't remember the song, but the lyrics was something like:
"Africa will never never never surrender....
(tell them!) though we're feelng the pain
Africa will never never never surrender.."
That song made me wonder, what were they struggling? Why is no one else talking about this struggle.
That was my first introduction to "Africa".