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ISSN # 2168-3301spring 2012 | Volume 25, No. 1

Black Music Research Journal

Black Music Research Journal is published for the CBMR by and available through University of Illinois Press. For ordering, subscription, and CBMR membership information, please visit the CBMR’s membership page.

Now Available—Spring 2012 (vol. 32, no. 1)

The Spring 2012 (vol. 32, no. 1) issue of Black Music Research Journal is now available. Guest edited by Shannon Dudley (University of Washington), the essays in this issue present a variety of perspectives on the relationship between Afro-Caribbean and African-American music, both in terms of shared roots and ongoing exchange. They point to shared values and aesthetics that connect the African diaspora and resist the binary oppositions—sacred vs. secular, culture vs. commerce, low vs. high, us vs. them—that often shape our thinking about music.

  • Teresa L. Reed. Shared Possessions: Black Pentecostals, Afro-Caribbean, and Sacred Music.
  • Rebecca Sager. Transcendence through Aesthetic Experience: Divining a Common Wellspring under Conflicting Caribbean and African-American Religious Value Systems.
  • Joseph M. Murphy. “Chango ‘ta veni’/Chango has come”: Spiritual Embodiment in the Afro-Cuban Ceremony, Bembé.
  • David W. Stowe. Babylon Revisited: Psalm 137 as American Protest Song.
  • David Brackett. Preaching Blues.
  • Loren Kajikawa. D’Angelo’s Voodoo Technology: African Cultural Memory and the Ritual of Popular Music Consumption.
  • Martha Ellen Davis. Diasporal Dimensions of Dominican Folk Religion and Music.

Forthcoming—Fall 2012 (vol. 32, no. 2)
New Perspectives on the Black Music Diaspora: Focus on the Caribbean

The Fall 2012 issue of Black Music Research Journal (vol. 32, no. 2), guest edited by Kenneth Bilby, will go to press soon. Titled “New Perspectives on the Black Music Diaspora: Focus on the Caribbean,” the issue consists entirely of papers culled from the Center’s 2009 Puerto Rico conference titled “Reassessing the Black Musical Diaspora: Focus on the Caribbean,” whose participants were asked to give careful thought to ways in which specific topics of their choosing might be used to advance thinking about the relationship between “black music diaspora” and broader conceptualizations of “diaspora.” The participants, all Caribbeanists, came from a wide range of disciplines and their topics span all four of the major linguistic zones in the Caribbean (Hispanophone, Francophone, Anglophone, and Dutch-speaking). In addition to valuable descriptive material on music and its social dimensions in these diverse contexts, the papers offer new perspectives and insights on the varying meanings and significance of “diaspora” in Caribbean musical life past and present. Each makes a substantive contribution to our knowledge of the Caribbean as one important component of the larger African musical diaspora.

  • Raquel Z. Rivera. New York Bomba and Palos: Liberation Mythologies and Overlapping Diasporas.
  • Elizabeth McAlister. Listening for Geographies: Music as Sonic Compass Pointing Towards African and Christian Diasporic Horizons in the Caribbean.
  • Rose Mary Allen. Music in Diasporic Context: The Case of Curaçao and Intra-Caribbean Migration.
  • Nanette de Jong. Curaçao and the Folding Diaspora: Contesting the Party Tambú in the Netherlands.
  • Roger D. Abrahams. Questions of Competency and Performance in the Black Musical Diaspora.

Also available—Fall 2011 (vol. 31, no. 2)

  • Sarah Hankins. So Contagious: Hybridity and Subcultural Exchange in Hip-Hop’s Use of Indian Samples.
  • Michael Marcuzzi. Writing on the Wall: Some Speculations on Islamic Talismans, Catholic Prayers, and the Preparation of Cuban Bata Drums for Orisha Worship.
  • John Haines. The Emergence of Jesus Rock: On Taming the “African Beat.”
  • George Lipsitz. New Orleans in the World and the World in New Orleans.
  • Matt Sakakeeny. New Orleans Music as a Circulatory System.

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