M26Lecture07_Duncan_F08 - African Roots/Routes Mapping and...

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African Roots/Routes Mapping and Remapping Histories of African-American Musics Lecture Goals • What stories do people tell about Africa’s relationship to African-American music? • What is Africa? • What is at stake? Approaches to African American Music Tabula Rasa Theory (denial of African roots - old, Eurocentric approach) VS. African Retentions (linked to sociopolitical efforts to reclaim African heritage and assert Black pride) Scholars combat early denial of direct African roots by: Americans peoples in Africa - analyzing commonalities of musical practice such as particular traits or conceptual approaches to music making Hearing African Retentions • What are the connections between African and African- American musical practices? • Field Holler - Lousiana/Senegal
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Different Scholarly Approaches Melville Herskovits , Africans maintained African culture
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