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Author Kelley, Robin D. G.

Title Africa speaks, America answers : modern jazz in revolutionary times / Robin D.G. Kelley
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012


Description 1 online resource (xii, 244 pages) : illustrations
Series The Nathan I. Huggins lectures
Nathan I. Huggins lectures.
Contents The drum wars of Guy Warren -- The sojourns of Randy Weston -- Ahmed Abdul-Malik's Islamic experimentalism -- The making of Sathima Bea Benjamin
Summary In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, pianist Randy Weston and bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik celebrated with song the revolutions spreading across Africa. In Ghana and South Africa, drummer Guy Warren and vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin fused local musical forms with the dizzying innovations of modern jazz. These four were among hundreds of musicians in the 1950s and '60s who forged connections between jazz and Africa that definitively reshaped both their music and the world. Each artist identified in particular ways with Africa's struggle for liberation and made music dedicated to, or inspired by, demands for independence and self-determination. That music was the wild, boundary-breaking exultation of modern jazz. The result was an abundance of conversation, collaboration, and tension between African and African American musicians during the era of decolonization. This collective biography demonstrates how modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how musical convergences and crossings altered politics and culture on both continents. In a crucial moment when freedom electrified the African diaspora, these black artists sought one another out to create new modes of expression. Documenting individuals and places, from Lagos to Chicago, from New York to Cape Town, Robin Kelley gives us a meditation on modernity: we see innovation not as an imposition from the West but rather as Indigenous, multilingual, and messy, the result of innumerable exchanges across a breadth of cultures
This collective biography of four jazz musicians from Brooklyn, Ghana, and South Africa demonstrates how modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how musical convergences and crossings altered the politics and culture of both continents
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Subject Warren, Guy, 1923-2008.
Weston, Randy, 1926-2018
Abdul-Malik, Ahmed.
Benjamin, Sathima Bea.
Fela, 1938-1997.
Abdul-Malik, Ahmed
Benjamin, Sathima Bea
Fela, 1938-1997
Warren, Guy, 1923-2008
Weston, Randy, 1926-2018
Weston, Randy 1926-2018
Benjamin, Sathima Bea 1936-2013
Fela 1938-1997
Benjamin, Sathima Bea, 1936-
Abdul-Malik, Ahmed 1927-1993
Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer Bitterfeld
Jazz -- African influences.
Jazz -- 1951-1960 -- History and criticism
Jazz -- 1961-1970 -- History and criticism
Jazz musicians -- Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Composers & Musicians.
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Jazz.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Black Studies (Global)
Jazz -- African influences
Jazz musicians
Genre/Form collective biographies.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011039028
ISBN 9780674065246