Africa, the Cold War, and the Diaspora at Home


in Freedom Sounds

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195128253
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864492 | DOI:
                   Africa, the Cold War, and the Diaspora at Home

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This chapter explores that ways in which the lives of jazz musicians intersected with global political currents: (1) the career of Paul Robeson; (2) the State Department jazz tours, which began in 1956; (3) musical projects that were inspired by events on the African continent, e.g. the independence of Ghana in 1957 and the admission of sixteen African nations to the United Nations in 1960; and (4) the influence of African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants on the musical landscape of New York and California.

Keywords: African Americans; jazz musicians; Paul Robeson; State Department; Ghana; African immigrants

Chapter.  16202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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