The late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian composer, musician, singer, bandleader and above all political activist took up the term Second Slavery to emphasize the situation present day musicians in Africa - and I am sure not only in Africa - are in. In this second issue some of the contributions dealing with this topic. But we will continue to adress this problem in the future as well.
Ntama will continue from now on as a web site administered on a continuous basis. The structural frame of numbers has only prevented us from coming out earlier with this issue long overdue. This will mean we will become more flexible, more up to date concerning events and reviews. We welcome reports on concerts, performances and exhibitions worldwide. We encourage to send in reviews on books as well as on records, cassettes, CDs and videos. At the same time we will continue to include papers by scholars on specific questions in the area of African and Diaspora music and popular culture.