An introduction to the blues music and its influence of integration

An introduction to the blues music and its influence of integration

Awmiller 14 Approximately ten million Africans were brought across the seas to the Americas to be manipulated into slavery Their arrival and assimilation are most importantly not by choice. He writes about the bands playing in the s and '30s and how the biggest and best of them were run and organized by predominately college educated black men. Louis and Sedalia, Missouri, Chicago and then New York where after the turn of the century the syncopated beat found its way into countless tin pan alley compositions and vaudeville shows, raising the tempo of American popular music. Consumers do not have to pay attention to your marketing communications. Baraka does not here discuss the impact his book has had. And once in America, there were other hardships to sing about: the ignominy of the auction block, the separation of family members, the remorseless treatment at the hands of landowners. It was not until the late 19th century that America began to repair the damages done by this immoral trading of human beings. They even created the first car that was available for purchase for African Americans. A lot of the early Christian Negro church services greatly emphasized music. By accepting Christianity, Negro men and women had to put away a lot of their everyday superstitious traditions and beliefs in lucky charms, roots, herbs, and symbolism in dreams. Baraka believes the Civil War and the Emancipation served to create a separate meta-society among Negroes, separating the Negroes more effectively from their masters with the institution of Jim Crow laws and other social repressions. Copying the oppressive ideas that segregated the people between white and black blues was devalued and the assimilation of both African Americans and their music into being considered "American culture" was next to impossible. In these smaller estates slaves would often be subjected to sexual abuse at the hand of their masters, as well as social cohabitation among small children however black and white children would not attend the same schools.

Ships from Europe, bound for America, appeared on the horizon, and their captains and sailors-carrying muskets, swords, and shackles-landed on the coast, walked up the beach in their strange clothes, looked around, and demanded slaves.

This, he states, was a phenomenon confined to the United States. Christianity was also attractive to the Negroes, because it was a point of commonality between the white and black men. The U. The southern cities served as unofficial farm teams for the Black Metropolises just as they would in the system of Negro baseball that was developing contemporaneously.

A griot was an African version of the European wandering minstrel. It was supposed to be Miss Tucker, but she was unable to attend because she was sick.

blues music influence on society

After that the blues had a bit of a quiet period before we in the s witnessed the blues revival. As we mentioned in the introduction, what looks like irrational behaviour to a manager is completely rational to a consumer.

Moreover, Baraka's broader critique of the place of Negro music in America is emphasized when he claims sarcastically, despite Beiderbecke's white jazz being essentially "antithetical" to Armstrong's, that "Afro-American music did not become a completely American expression until the white man could play it!

blues music history

The first jazzmen were from the white Creole tradition and also the darker blues tradition. Unfortunately, Baraka points out, with the explosion in popularity, the industry for recording and producing music of this kind became somewhat monopolized by wealthy white record labels and producers, and there ended up being widespread discrimination against black performers, even after the label would pay good money for the original score written by someone else.

Why is the blues important to our cultural history

By the s some African American bandleaders would be working the big ballrooms and appearing on the popular radio shows. Another type of blues music that came to the cities was called " boogie woogie ", which was a blend of vocal blues and early guitar techniques, adapted for the piano and was also referred to as a music of rhythmic contrasts instead of melodic of harmonic variations. The record companies, booking agents, and important clubs were almost all in those cities and so was the excitement of hearing, learning, and perhaps creating the hottest new music. The southern cities served as unofficial farm teams for the Black Metropolises just as they would in the system of Negro baseball that was developing contemporaneously. This separation was encouraged as a way to emulate the white French culture of New Orleans. The end of slave import and the end of segregation lead to black music in the radio among others. These folk tales also became integrated into their music and American culture, and later began to appear in the lyrics of blues songs. Africans, on the other hand, came to this new world against their will. As slave owners forbade their slaves to chant and sing their ritualistic music, in fear of a rebellion, the original African slaves were forced to change their work songs in the field.

The music that formed as a result became a combination of the original African work songs and references to slave culture.

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