See the new exhibition at the Tropenmuseum, featuring iconic items including guitars from Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry, and Elvis’ leather jacket.
A musical journey at the Tropenmuseum
It seems hard to imagine now, but when the funky rhythms of jazz, blues, and reggae spread out from Africa and the Caribbean, it was nothing short of a cultural revolution.
No matter your musical taste, you’re guaranteed to find some rhythms here to get you tapping your toes, if not outright shimmying. And along with the visceral power of music to move your feet and shake your hips, this exhibition looks at the origins, effects and cultural forces that have shaped popular music.
The Roots portion of this exhibition is specifically Africa, and more generally black culture. Jazz, reggae, hip hop, R&B, soul, rock and roll… all these genres and more have their roots in Africa. And from Africa to America and to Europe, Rhythm & Roots explores how music interacts and shapes culture. And the personalities who have driven, been influenced by, and influenced others.
And from Africa to America and to Europe, Rhythm & Roots explores how music interacts and shapes culture. And the personalities who have driven, been influenced by, and influenced others. From B.B. King to Giovanca, from Fela Kuti to De La Soul, you’ll find and feel all sorts of excitement in the Tropenmuseum.
Rhythm & Roots: from blues to hip hop
Using photography, video clips and interviews, as well as cultural artifacts like a cape from ‘Godfather of Soul’ James Brown and a leather jacket from Elvis ‘the Pelvis’ Presley, this dynamic exhibition unpicks the knotty history of musical genres, and the complex forces that have created what today we think of as music.
Or culture vultures, music lovers, sociologists, Hendrix fans and, well … anyone who listens to music this exhibition will get your brain engaged and your body moving. Such is the power of Rhythm & Roots.