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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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Implications and Conclusions

Implications and Conclusions

(p.267) Chapter 11 Implications and Conclusions
The Power of Black Music

Samuel A. Floyd

Oxford University Press

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

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