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It's Not Just Music History

Before graduate school (and even now), defining musicology to many non-musicians led to a troublesome problem of limiting it to “music history” or “studying the history of music.” The frustration of explaining what my research interests are or what I am focusing on at the time only left my audience or peers confused. 693 more words


Fare Thee Well

In his memoirs, John Lomax described collecting “Dink’s Song” in Texas in 1904, at a work-camp for skilled black builders from Mississippi who were constructing a levee on the Brazos River. 415 more words

More Call and Response

The musical forms brought to the Americas by African slaves were generally functional form: that is, they were used to aid in ritual, work, daily life, and war. 116 more words

Call and Response

Call-and-response form is a structure imported to the Americas by African slaves in the seventeenth century.

A brief history:

A prison work song:

(“Hammer, Ring,” Jesse Bradley and group, State Penitentiary, Huntsville, Texas, 1930s) 148 more words

Have You Ever wondered about the Origins of La Salsa Caleña?

Learn about the history and origins of La Salsa Caleña in this Spanish interview with Benhur Lozada. Sound was recorded by visual anthropologist and photographer… 98 more words



The earliest-known published book of African-American music, the 1867 Slave Songs of the United States, is primarily devoted to the religious vocal music of the slaves of the eastern seaboard. 400 more words

Colombian Marimba Player Esteban Copete

This is the first post in the Colombia Audiograph Series by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo combines audio recordings and documentary photographs, sharing interesting stories, sounds, research, interviews and thoughts about Colombia. 116 more words