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Freedom SoundsCivil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa$
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Ingrid Monson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128253.001.0001

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Africa, the Cold War, and the Diaspora at Home

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

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