Mudcat Café message #1883934 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #96348   Message #1883934
Posted By: Azizi
12-Nov-06 - 01:48 PM
Thread Name: Why do our songs last so long ?
Subject: RE: Why do our songs last so long ?
Just for the "record", in my 11 Nov 06 - 09:07 AM I made reference to European/European American ballads not having a built in structure for audience participation such as is the case with African American and other African Diaspora folk songs which are use call & response patterns.

Although it seems that I was incorrect in thinking that it's the norm for White audiences at folk concerts to sit back, listen, and not join in with a performer or performers, nowhere in my post did I say that African Americans and other Black people were the only folks to use the call & response pattern.

While it is a matter of documentation that call & response is a signature pattern of Black music & song, that does not mean that Black folks were {are} the only folks to have used or to currently use such a pattern. As some here have mentioned, a case in point is the composition of shanties. Of course, some ship crews were interracial {Black/non-Black} which-in my opinion-probably contributed to the use of call & response patterns for shanties. However, it is more than possible that White folks could have used call & response patterns to compose songs without any contact with or imitation of Black folks.

I recognize that this discussion about the use of call & response patterns is a minor sidebar to the main discussion on this thread. However, I feel it is important to clarify my position about this point.

Best wishes,