Mudcat Café message #1884885 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #96348   Message #1884885
Posted By: GUEST,thurg
13-Nov-06 - 02:59 PM
Thread Name: Why do our songs last so long ?
Subject: RE: Why do our songs last so long ?
I would think that one of the difficulties in dating African musical traditions in the U.S. would be the probablity that African traditions were being constantly revitalized, revised and expanded by new arrivals from Africa for as long as the slave trade was in operation, whether legally or illegally. "Pure" African music heard in the U.S. in, say, 1880, might have survived in the U.S. for two hundred years, or it might have survived for a mere thirty years or less.