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The Legacy of Colonialism in Africa

The influence of European colonial rule on the African continent is not only a narrative of political hegemony, whereby the dominant Western powers extended their world-wide “land grab” to Africa, in order to secure political influence and resources. This same narrative may also be understood as one of a profound cultural change: what was at stake in the colonialization of Africa, as well as the colonialization of the world, was not a mere struggle for power in terms of land and subjects, i.e., human beings reduced to the status of the colonial subject, but also an attempt to impose a particular world-view or way of looking upon the world on a people to whom this particular world-view was radically foreign. The changes in African music are a clear reflection of this culture type of warfare, demonstrating the extent to which colonial powers strove to wield their power upon others.