WVU Music 271 Podcast


March 18, 2007

Music 271: 3/16/07
II: The preservation of African values in the US: “Yonder Come Day”:
• Bessie Jones - Lived on St. Simon’s Island, GA
• Was the new Music Master in the new world (African drum masters)
• Documentary Ideas:
• Everyone was responsible for preserving the culture
• Game Songs
• Call & Response practice bought everyone into music making
• Functionality - Each job has a song to take up the boredom or pain
• Central role of religion in preserving culture
• When deprived of their drums, Ms. Bessie ancestors devised “Drum substitutes” (Clapping, “Hambone”, Tambourine)

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