BLUES ROAD -- 布鲁斯(蓝调)之路

With the African slavers being shipping to the New Orleans, the spirit of Blues also being brought to this continent ... Blue is the deepest color: it deep inside of the air, the water, the unspoken language, the body, the soul, the history and the culture...

随着非洲黑奴被运送到新奥尔良的港口,布鲁斯的灵魂也被一并注入了这片大陆。蓝是最深的颜色:它深入于天空中,深入于海洋中,深入于无言的语言中,深入于我们的身体,灵魂之中,深入于这片大地的历史与文化...

Blues was started at Mississippi Delta, where the sky, the land, and the water were so special and intimate with the people in between.

蓝调起源于密西西比河三角洲,那里的天空,大地和水如此特别,和身在其中的人们如此亲切。

At the beginning of eighteen century, a large number of slaves had been brought to New Orleans. They had been traded and sold on Markets. Congo Square is one of the most famous slave markets at that time. Many of the family forced to being separated. They had no choice, working on plantations day after day, and being treated as a prisoner. To prevent the communication between the solvers, the host forced them to mix with different tribs so they can’t talk in the same language. Children were put on a mask, adults were worn metal neck chains rings. However, nothing can stop them to speak. They draw a map on their head and communicate with swinging tones. The Blues was born from the trail. They singing, they moaning, they dancing, they clapping… Through music, they speak out their complaint of unfair lives, their pressure, their anger, and their longings.

在18世纪初,大量的黑奴通过新奥尔良港口被运送到了北美大陆。他们在市场上被贩卖被交换。Congo Square 在那时就是一个繁忙的黑奴市场。在那里无数的黑人失去自由,无数的黑人家庭被无情分离。他们别无选择,日日夜夜工作在奴隶主的种植园里,大农场上,像狱囚一样对待。为了阻止奴隶之间发生交流,奴隶主将他们混合到用不同语言的不同部落的囚犯中。并且让儿童带上面罩,大人带上项铃枷锁。然而,再多困难都无法阻止黑奴们发声。他们在头上画地图,用摇摆的音乐来表达。蓝调就诞生于这苦难之路。他们唱,他们哼,他们舞,他们拍… 通过音乐,他们说出生活的辛酸和不公,他们说出恐惧说出愤怒,他们说出希望说出憧憬。

In the 1820s, since the progress of fighting slavery, the African American got freedom. They were liking to seek and live a better life. Along the Mississippi River, they go up to Memphis. It was the time that Blues music blossom of the City. In 1850, Rock and Roll were born from the Blue. Since black is not allowed to perform in social public media, the white start to perform this kind of music and got very popular. Go even further north along the Mississippi River, the Blues flowed to a big modern industrial city - Chicago. And it eventually developed their own style - Chicago Blue. Since then, the blue goes in various branches. Lots of music styles now are origin from the Blues.

1820年代,解放黑奴运动取得进展,黑奴逐渐获得更多的自由。他们开始向往和追求更好的生活。沿着密西西比河向北,下一个城市到达孟菲斯,在那里蓝调音乐一夜绽放。1850年左右,摇滚音乐诞生于蓝调之身。因为黑人不允许出现在公众媒体表演,白人便担起了唱摇滚的角色,摇滚音乐随后逐渐流行开来。沿着密西西比河再往北走,蓝调一路传到了现代工业大城市—芝加哥。芝加哥随后衍生出自己独特的蓝调音乐—芝加哥蓝调。再后来蓝调有了更多的分支和演变,好多现代音乐的风格都是发源于蓝调。

The music of Blues usually characterized by the call-and-response pattern. It is a very moving rhythm, and hard to stop following, singing or dancing. It feels like the flow of the river. And you can imagine the intimacy of the ground and the sky.

蓝调音乐通常会有“一呼一应”的音乐模式。他是一种很容易感染煽动人的节奏,很难不跟着它摇摆,应和,起舞。就像湍湍的河流一样,像大地和天空的亲切感。


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