In the past ten years, I haven’t been practicing or playing anything—only listening. Just recently, I expressed a deep interest to start playing music again. I’ve had my fair share of practice with the French horn (and alto/bass clarinet). My desire was to master another instrument. So low and behold, my husband bought me a Yamaha keyboard for Christmas. I didn’t ask for it, he just listened to a conversation and presented it to me. What a joy! Needless to say, I haven’t taken my hands off it! Like Mohammed Babangida states, I’d like to find the correlation between jazz and traditional African music. I already know that jazz incorporates the same improvisation, polyrythyms, and bluesy notes as traditional African music. Mohammed Babangida credits contemporary genres with African roots (especially Afro-Cuban jazz, hip-hop, and R&B).
One of my favorite all time jazz artists is Thelonius Monk. He was a wizard on the piano. Maybe, just maybe if I practice hard enough—I can play an excerpt from one of his pieces, with some added Tonya improvisation of course.