Echoes of Africa was founded in the summer of 1996. It is the name of the radio show which Emmanuel Nado produced and hosted for many years on KKUP radio in the silicon valley city of Cupertino home of technology giant Apple. KKUP radio relocated to Santa Clara then finally in the city of San Jose.
Echoes of Africa is a platform to showcase African music and culture from inside and outside the continent. With its vast expanse, Africa is a continent with many wonders. African music has been known to have influenced many other music of the world. As African music icon Salif Keita puts it "African music is like the baobab tree" (the huge African tree with a large trunk seen in the landscapes of many African countries). He said “the root of world music is African, the trunk is the negro spiritual, the gospel, blues, jazz, the branches are rock, r&b, pop, latin music , the leaves are hip hop, rap, reggae and many others" When asked about his music the iconic guitarist Carlos Santana once said "Call it whatever you want, first of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that."
Echoes of Africa is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and engaging African people in the shared commitment of preserving, protecting and enriching the natural beauty of African culture.
Emmanuel Nado is at the forefront of promoting African music and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is from Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa, a country which for many years has been the crossroad of African popular music. As an educator, journalist, and radio producer, Nado is an active force in the African culture and art scene in the U.S. He has published many articles on African music and culture as well conducted several interviews with African and San Francisco bay area local artists, community leaders, writers and social activists.
Music,songs religion and superstition, the main pillars of the Africa cultural identity have been handed down through the centuries.Today Africa popular music is on the rise all over the world and fusion with other forms and styles are outstanding. History cannot hide the presence of mother Africa everywhere around the earth.
Music historians often asked, "What would America and the Caribbean be without the presence of Africa?" We wouldn't have Son,Cumbia,Bomba
Bomba,Plena,Salsa,Merengue,Mambo,Mento,Kumina, Reggae,Cadence, Calypso,Soca, Gospel,Soul music,Blues, Jazz and more..These music genres were developed thank to the African presence in the Americas.
Grupo Vocal A cappella group Cuban-Haitian
influence. Preserving Africa's musical heritage in Cuba.
Traditional instrument players from the northern region of Cote d'Ivoire West Africa.
Though the different cultures and traditions often stand aloof from one another in the continent, they sometimes find common ground and interact. We are all Africans regardless of which ethnic group or ancestry mix we came from. We must raise our conscious, and acknowledge the contribution of African people to the world. The time as come to eradicate ignorance; we are one people with common root, the earth.