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AfriGeneas Western Frontier Forum

Re: African Music Links to the Black West

Hi Alan:

I enjoyed reading your article about Toure and the influence of African music in the Americas. The music of Africa is so exciting and infectious even to a tin ear. The call and response in Caribbean music and African-American blues, gospel is an obvious gift from Africa. It puzzles me that many African Americans drape themselves in "African" garb, decorate their living rooms in African art, search for their "royal ancestors" in Africa, but whiz by the World Music section at their Tower Records. (We're very chauvinistic and American centric when it comes to music.)

I also enjoyed your profiles of musicians who performed in the West. Below is a link to a jazz site that mentions the travels of Jelly Roll and others in the West. Some articles are from The Indianapolis Freeman.

I was about to share another music site about the Mid-West on another Afrigeneas Forum, but instead I will list it here.

“Kansas City’s Local 627, the African-American Musicians Union, founded in 1917, and now known as the Mutual Musicians Foundation. The Web exhibit is accessible to anyone around the world interested in the history of jazz in America. The exhibit presents historic information, including photos and sound recordings, on this important Kansas City institution for today’s audiences…”

Included in the Musician's Union history are profiles of people in the community.

Enjoy and thanks so much for your article on music.

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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