M26Lecture07F08

M26Lecture07F08 - Marginal Survival(again the Mississippi...

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Lecture 7, Sept. 23 early African American secular music www.usnews.com/usnews/travel/ articles/010423/nycu/blues.htm Marginal Survival (again) the Mississippi Delta 1920s: some commercial recording including David Evans (author of assigned reading on blues) some intriguing similarities Alan Lomax edited Roots of the Blues (1977) juxtaposing 1. field holler (from Louisiana and from Senegal) 2. Dakpa tree felling song (Central African Republic) compared to “Berta, Berta” (prison work song) 3. “Nzombi” (Aka pygmy of Central African Republic) compared to “Emmaline Take Your Time” played quills (kind of panpipe) Listen to these selections on bspace slaves from different cultures mixed together adaptation as a means of survival in harsh, shifting conditions combination of elements from diverse African cultures American musical practices evident in instruments, texts, melodies, harmony
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2010 for the course MUSIC 26A taught by Professor Brinner during the Spring '10 term at Berkeley.

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M26Lecture07F08 - Marginal Survival(again the Mississippi...

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