Implications and Conclusions

Samuel A. Floyd

in The Power of Black Music

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195109757
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853243 | DOI:
                   Implications and Conclusions

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In tracing African American music making from its roots in traditional Africa to its manifestations in the United States, this book has focuses on the roles of myth, ritual, and the tropes of Call-Response in the continuation of its character. From the African ring, through the ring shout of slave culture, the funeral parade practices of the early New Orleans jazzmen, and Esu's revisiting of the bluesmen in the 1920s and the beboppers in the 1940s, to the free jazz of the 1960s and the concert-hall works of the 1980s and 1990s, the imperatives of myth and ritual are made evident. Throughout the book, the author stresses the importance of performance in the making of African American music. Some of the music and ideas discussed should debunk several of the wrong notions about black music that have long prevailed in American society.

Keywords: African American music; Call-Response; New Orleans; Esu

Chapter.  4762 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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