African American Jazz and Rap

African American Jazz and Rap

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Music is an expressive voice of a culture, often more so than literature. While jazz and rap are musical genres popular among people of numerous racial and social backgrounds, they are truly important historically for their representation of and impact upon African American culture and traditions. Essays offer interdisciplinary study of jazz and rap as they relate to black culture in America. The essays are grouped under sections. One examines an Afrocentric approach to understanding jazz and rap; another, the history, culture, performers, instruments, and political role of jazz and rap. There are sections on the expressions of jazz in dance and literature; rap music as art, social commentary, and commodity; and the future. Each essay offers insight and thoughtful discourse on these popular musical styles and their roles within the black community and in American culture as a whole. References are included for each essay.Rapping is that actual rhyming to a beat. Hip-hop ... has to do with the way people dress, dia€oerent language that they use ... dia€oerent ways that they position ... Quick related the culture to the expres- sive styles of African America when he said, a€œHip-hop to me is how we express ourselves. ... aware of their location along the African culturalaesthetic continuum in their practice of this distinctly African art form.

Title:African American Jazz and Rap
Author:James L. Conyers, Jr.
Publisher:McFarland - 2000-12-26


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