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The Roots of Classical Music Pt 2

After Rome burned the library of Alexandria to deprive the blacks of their knowledge, they merely sat on that knowledge and world development under Roman occupation literally ceased.

The great works of art, science, mathematics and astronomy that had not been plundered in Egypt had now been repossessed by the Moors (blacks) and through centuries of study many began to reclaim what was lost.

The translators would then work in teams and create Arabic copies of the Kemetic so-called Egyptian books. From China, the Moors had also acquired the printing press technique and before long they could mass produce books on the tough but soft hemp paper. The Moors brought street lights to Europe which had been known in west Africa for centuries and all their cities were illuminated day by night.

At this time, the northern states of Europe were in complete darkness and many people lived in barns with their livestock and never bathed as this was thought to be unhealthy. Diseases such as chicken pox developed in humans through this close relationship between animals and Europeans.

The houses of the Moors in sharp contrast were large and durable. There was running water in the houses of the Moors and the gardens were irrigated. To this day, some of the fountains that were built by the Moors are still running. The Moors introduced glass, carpets and tiles to Europe from Arabia. The lands of Europe were seen as the bottom of the earth, this is how Europe had appeared on ancient maps a place of disease and foreboding where it was cold and dark. For this reason the Moors really consolidated all their technology and resources in order to survive there.

In most parts of Africa, the rains were efficient enough to make irrigation unnecessary, but in Europe, the opposite was true. The Barbarians of Northern Europe never used to bathe and this was one of the reasons the Romans and Greeks abhorred them. The common task of bathing was not so common to the Barbarians until the black Moors arrived. Even then many opposed the practice proudly. Till then, the Barbarians had associated bathing with lavishness and would mock the Greeks on account of it. The whites would recite poems on the blackness and smoothness of skin of the many especially in the church this was unnatural some even considered lice a common fact of life or a blessing.

Until the appearance of the smooth skinned black man in Europe and the introduction of the razor blade most Europeans did not have the means nor the inclination to smoothen up their skin. If the Norse people staying in the cold regions stopped shaving and applying hair removers today, the Barbarian look would return in his early form. The Moors performed cataract removal operations which healed the blind. The male Moors also practiced circumcision something that became very popular with the European as it improved sexual sensitivity and this is what inspired the growth of the surgical industry in Europe.

The Moors also used music as a form of healing and there were special stringed instruments that were played in certain ways to heal physical ailments. They believed that the human body, when exposed to certain frequencies and vibrations of light and sound, can become healthier, more in tune with god and more thoughtful and creative, thus music became a necessity especially the kind that could uplift a person. The Moors had schools for the poor and academies for the rich. Many of them were widely traveled and educated. Their approach to learning was empowering as it made the students self-sufficient researchers and educators. This was very different from Western education which even today is meant to groom slaves and equip men with menial skills that can be replaced by a machine.

Education in the days of the Moors meant knowing what is within you and then knowing your environment. It was very close in nature to the Egyptian educational systems as it was considered a lifelong endeavor. To the Moors, just as the Kemetans had taught all creatures were connected and understanding oneself meant understanding the greater part of everything else. Nowadays, biology and botany are two different fields something that would not be considered under Kemetan or Moorish education.

In the days of the Moors, these two subjects would be treated more or less as one subject.

The carbon of the man is melanin (black) and that of a plant is chlorophyll (green). Although the two species differ, they both reproduce and this is another common factor that connects biology and botany. Once one understands how melanin works in his body, he can better understand how chlorophyll works in plants.

Such is also the case with reproduction. So it is understandable that the Moors would incorporate music with education. For example, the four-stringed instrument which resembled the modern day guitar and was used for healing, had its strings named after the four liquids of the body. The first was yellow and symbolized bile, the second red and symbolized blood, the third was white and symbolized flam or mucus and the fourth black and symbolized hormones. Note: A percussive version of a grace note, played quickly by a guitar (and usually lightly) before the primary note is called a flam like a musical cough removing impurities.

There would therefore be musicians who were also healers among the Moors. The Moors would get up after midnight and fast till daybreak regularly except during the month of Ramadan when they would fast during the day and eat after sunset. The morning meal was then referred to as breakfast because the ones who would have fasted at night would now break their fast after daybreak. It was also the Moors who divided the meal courses into three and introduced the table manners that many Europeans now brag about as their own. At meal times music was often played as can be seen depicted in tapestries and art. For this purpose the Moors introduced earliest versions of several instruments, including the Lute or el oud, the guitar or kithara and the Lyre. The Moors have left an indelible mark on modern Spain, with many of their most impressive mosques, fortresses, converted cathedrals and palaces still around today. Spain's food, architecture and language have been unquestionably enriched by Moorish culture. Even the complexion of the population is much darker than other Europeans.

In 711 the Iberian Peninsula was invaded by the Moors and named Al-Andalus, to create a culture with a lasting identity. Before the Moors arrived, the peninsula was the site of multiple successive colonizations of Greeks, African Carthaginians, and Romans. Native peoples of the peninsula, such as the Tartessos people, intermingled with the colonizers to create a uniquely Iberian culture. The Romans referred to the entire Peninsula as Hispania, from where the modern name of Spain originates. The ancient city of Tartessos became important trading partners of the Phoenicians, whose presence in Iberia dates from the eighth century BC and who nearby built a harbor of their own, Gadir. In the ancient world the black skinned Etruscans, the Phoenicians, and Tartessos were allies and traded frequently. Tartessos sprang up along the River Guadalquivir where there are great deposits of copper and silver – it is known as the Rio Tinto, the red river. A great civilization sprang up called Tartessos, which exported the valuable metals through Phoenician trading stations along the coast, and everyone grew rich on the trade. But then the Assyrians were conquered by the Medes and Persians. The Medes were not interested in silver, so the trade collapsed and so did Tartessos.

Tartessos is now generally considered to be a civilisation that formed from a mixture of indigenous people and Greek and Phoenician colonizers in the Iberian Peninsula. Even their writing system was based on Phoenician It can be read from right to left or vice versa, although the sounds represented by each symbol are still uncertain. When the Moors arrived in Spain they were under occupation by the Visigoths that had betrayed and sacked Rome. The Visigoths ruled for only 250 years and are often remembered for their tribal infighting and the lack of political organization that facilitated the Umayyad (Muslim) Conquest of the Peninsula in 711 AD.Jews were condemned to slavery by the Visigoths because of a plot to revolt against them encouraged by the Eastern Roman Empire and Romans still residing in Spain.

Also called Western Sephardim, Iberian Jews, or Peninsular Jews, are a distinctive sub-group of Sephardic Jews many resided in the area of Andalusia which is where most Romani decided to live as well. European Jews have been classified as belonging to two major groups: the Ashkenazim, or "Germanics" (Ashkenaz meaning "Germany" in Medieval Hebrew), denoting their Central European base, and the Sephardim, or "Hispanics" (Sefarad meaning "Hispania" or "Iberia" in Hebrew),The latter being a darker phenotype.

Sephardic music is an umbrella term used to refer to the music of the Sephardic Jewish community. Tambourines and other percussion instruments are sometimes used, especially in wedding songs. Oud and qanún are also used in some instrumentations of Sephardic music. The tambourine appears in historical writings as early as 1700 BC and was used by ancient musicians in West Africa. North Africa and India. Tambourines were used in ancient Kemet, where they were known as the tof to the black Hebrews. The tambourine passed to Europe by way of Moors, nomadic merchants and musicians. The Hebrews also enjoyed playing the Oud the exact date of the emergence of the oud is not known, but it is well known that the first instrument similar to the oud appeared in and around Kemet (Egypt).When the Persians invaded Egypt they took to the instrument and it became popular in Persia then Spain under the Moors evolving over 3500 years into the modern guitar.

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