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The Transformation of Black Music: The rhythms, the songs, and the ships of the African Diaspora

Sam Floyd, Melanie Zeck, and Guthrie Ramsey


The Transformation of Black Music situates black musics within the broader cultural, political, social, and historical frameworks of the last millennium. It focuses on the dynamic musical practices that have emerged, morphed, and influenced each other in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora. The authors weave significant findings on black music with their own ethnographic and musical accounts in order to craft a narrative that (1) reflects the musical phenomena generated, in part, by forced migration and (2) addresses the longitudinal implications of these phenomena for musicological and ... More

Keywords: black music, Diaspora, Cinquillo-tresillo complex, Toussaint’s beat, sailing ship metaphor, transformation, Call/Response

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307245
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Floyd, author
Columbia College

Melanie Zeck, author
Black Music Research Journal

Guthrie Ramsey, author
University of Pennsylvania