Black music in Britain - essays on the Afro-Asian contribution to popular music.

By: Oliver, Paul.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Popular music in Britain.Publisher: Milton Keynes : Open University Press, 1990Description: [224]p, ill, ports, 23cm.ISBN: 033515297X.Subject(s): Music | Music | Music, Popular (Songs, etc.) | Periodicals | Music, BlackDDC classification: 781.640942OLI
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What is black music? Do all musicians play it? Can whites play black music? These are difficult yet fundamental questions which Paul Oliver addresses at length in this volume, which places the contribution of black musicians to popular music in its socio-historical contexts. Part 1 concentrates upon the background from 1800-1950 including 19th-century attitudes to black music, the first encounters with jazz, and the introduction of West-Indian calypsos. Part 2 considers the 1950s to the present, examining music by Africans in Britain, the influence of steelband music, and the popularity of bhangra dance music among young Asians, and the maintainance of the gawwali tradition.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Editorial Preface (p. vii)
  • Notes on Contributors (p. viii)
  • Part 1 The Background of Black Music 1800-1950 (p. 1)
  • Introduction (p. 3)
  • 1 'A Jet Ornament To Society': Black Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain (p. 16)
  • 2 Afro-American Symphony: Popular Black Concert Hall Performers 1900-40 (p. 34)
  • 3 Fearsome Means of Discord: Early Encounters with Jazz (p. 45)
  • 4 London is the Place: Caribbean Music in the Context of Empire 1900-60 (p. 58)
  • Part 2 From the 1950s to the Present (p. 77)
  • Introduction (p. 79)
  • 5 African Connections: London's Hidden Music Scene (p. 87)
  • 6 Young, Gifted And Black: Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean Music in Britain 1963-88 (p. 102)
  • 7 Trinidad All Stars: The Steel Pan Movement in Britain (p. 118)
  • 8 Bhangra 1984-8: Fusion and Professionalization in a Genre of South Asian Dance Music (p. 137)
  • 9 Qawwali in Bradford: Traditional Music in a Muslim Community (p. 153)
  • 10 Conclusion (p. 166)
  • Notes (p. 176)
  • Recommended Recordings (p. 189)
  • Index (p. 193)