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The Power of Black MusicInterpreting its History from Africa to the United States$
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Samuel A. Floyd

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195109757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109757.001.0001

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The Object of Call–Response: The Signifyin(g) Symbol

The Object of Call–Response: The Signifyin(g) Symbol

(p.226) Chapter 10 The Object of Call–Response: The Signifyin(g) Symbol
The Power of Black Music

Samuel A. Floyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter applies a theory of interpretation to works of music. Most of the works discussed are works of Call-Response, Signifyin(g) symbols. They are based on or refer to the essentials of Dance, Drum, and Song. Undergoing various degrees of Signifyin(g) revision, these dialogical musical orations are full of semantic value, “telling effect.” Springing from African myth and ritual in whole or in part, they are informed by the cultural memory of that tradition. They are cultural transactions that express the struggle–fulfilment pattern common to human existence in general, as well as that particular to the African American experience.

Keywords:   Call-Response, Signifyin(g), Dance, Drum, Song

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