Listening for Africa explores Afro-modernism between the 1930s and the 1950s, critically assessing why the African origins of black music and dance mattered during this period of rising racism and fascism in Europe and the Americas, colonialism in Africa, and the onset of the Cold War. Garcia focuses upon key individuals who investigated the African origins of New World Negro music and dance in order to refute erasure of Africa as an obsolete past within the context of a modern world. He asks, “When black music and dance sounded and embodied its African origins … exactly how, why, and for whom were those soundings and embodiments materializing?” (p. 5). He pursues...
Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music's African Origins, by David F. Garcia
JOSEPHINE R. B. WRIGHT is Professor of Music and the Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies at the College of Wooster. A former board member of the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society, she is coauthor of African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance, 1600s–1920 (Greenwood Press, 1990) and Images: Iconography of Music in African-American Culture, 1770s–1920s (Routledge, 2019). She is a recipient of the SAM's Lifetime Achievement Award and an Honorary Member of the AMS.
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Josephine R. B. Wright; Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music's African Origins, by David F. Garcia. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 April 2020; 73 (1): 173–177. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2020.73.1.173
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