Roy Wood Jr. - The Origin of the Blues

Roy Wood Jr.: Father Figure Season 1, Ep 1 02/19/2017 Views: 3,679

Roy Wood Jr. doesn't understand why people are so surprised that black people are upset, considering the fact that they invented the blues. (1:22)

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Something's wrong, man.

Just don't be one of thesepeople that's surprised

that black folks got issues.

Them the peopleI can't deal with.

I'd rather talk to somebodythat don't agree with me

than somebody that's hadthey eyes closed.

"Hey, did you knowblack people--

Why are black people angry?"

--, we been angry.

This ain't new.

You think this just happenedlast couple of years?

Black folks been trying totell y'all forever

that they had some issuesand we sat--

We invented the blues!

(laughter and applause)

What more of a signdid you need?

We literally inventedan entire genre of music

based on sadness,that's how sad we were.

And we--the blues was created here.

That isan American art form.

That is not native African--

Go listento old African music.

The shit is happy'cause we was free.

(cheers and applause)

Go back.

Every old African song.

♪ We have freedomin Africa ♪

♪ Freedom in Africa

♪ Freedom, got freedomin Africa ♪

Soon as we got offthe slave ship.

(imitating blues guitar)

(imitating harmonica)

We've been sad.