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Afro-American Music: A Demonstration Recording

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Afro-American Music: A Demonstration Recording

Willis James, former chairman of the Music Department at Spelman College, looks at how the complex musical and linguistic practices of west coast African cultures have been translated into the musical practices of African Americans. In this lecture performance, he covers spirituals, work songs, blues and jazz.

Track Listing

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African Background Willis James 1:00
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Rhythm and African Drums Willis James 2:25
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Kinds of African Drums: Shongo Willis James 2:13
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Periodicity and Effects of Rhythm Willis James 2:38
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105
Africanisms in America Willis James 8:08
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106
Afro-American Speech Willis James 3:14
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107
Speech and Song Willis James 2:38
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Speech and Rhythm Willis James 2:52
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Speech and Melody Willis James 5:20
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202
The Cry Willis James 8:20
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Plain Cry: Coalman's Cry, Fishmonger's Cry Willis James 5:49
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Florid Cry: Going to Alabammy, Cabin Boy Willis James 3:17
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Coloratura Cry Willis James 0:43
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Wordless Cry Willis James 3:44
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Wordless Cries Willis James 0:30
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Wordless Cries Willis James 0:50
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Florid Cry Willis James 0:51
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Prayer Meeting Prayer meeting attendants 2:03
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305
See God's Ark Moving Star Hall Singers 2:10
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The Cry (concluded) Willis James 1:02
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307
The Blues Willis James 6:44
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Religious Music: a) Guide My Feet b) Ain't But Me One c) My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord d) Good News e) My God Is a Rock in a Weary Land f) God's A-Gonna Straighten'em - When He Comes (medley) Willis James 13:26
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Jubilee Song: "Good News" (Chariot's Comin') Willis James 1:46
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402
Work Song: "Go Tell the Captain" Willis James 6:11
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403
Jump for Joy - Cotton-Screwing Song Willis James 2:46
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404
All I Want is Union Willis James 3:22
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405
Negro Music from White Sources: a) "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (White) b) "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (Negro) Willis James 6:02
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Jazz Willis James 5:00
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