The Rhythms of Black Folk; Race, Religion, and Pan-Africanism / Edition 1

The Rhythms of Black Folk; Race, Religion, and Pan-Africanism / Edition 1

by Jon Michael Spencer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0865434247

ISBN-13: 9780865434240

Pub. Date: 05/28/1995

Publisher: Africa World Press

In this book, Jon Michael Spencer argues that African rhythm, particularly African rhythm in the New World, gives rise to the distinctive qualities of black cultures. These rhythms especially undergird and distinguish black music, dance and religion, each of which is a means by which Afro-peoples absorb these rhythms and concretize them in other aesthetic ways. Since…  See more details below

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In this book, Jon Michael Spencer argues that African rhythm, particularly African rhythm in the New World, gives rise to the distinctive qualities of black cultures. These rhythms especially undergird and distinguish black music, dance and religion, each of which is a means by which Afro-peoples absorb these rhythms and concretize them in other aesthetic ways. Since black music has been the primary carrier of African rhythms (both black religion and dance are dependent on black music), Spencer contends that it is from black music that black people glean what he calls "rhythmic confidence," a phenomenon he describes as essentially equivalent to "soul." He explains how this rhythmic confidence is sometimes casual and calm and at other times explicit and insurgent, such as in rap music. Spencer's intent for reading the cultural history of Afro-peoples through this rhythmic lens is to clarify the cultural relationship people of African descent have to one another.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865434240
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1What Is Africa to Me?1
Transgressing the Essentialist Color Line3
The Alleged Agony of Africa22
The Archaeology of Rhythmic Confidence35
2Racialism and Pan-Africanism47
When Africa Has Been the Banner We Need48
Fending Off Theologies of the Powerful51
Historical Amnesia Regarding Race and Progress68
3Worship in the Pan-African Church83
The Re-Africanization of Christianity85
A Requisite Therapy of History97
Liturgical Reformation of Western Tradition105
4Racial Struggle and Rhythmic Confidence119
Apartheid and White Lies122
Rhythmicity and Arhythmicity132
Mastery in Music or Murder141
5African Rhythm in Personification151
The Trickster as Core Cultural Carrier153
Sexuality and Seduction in the Gospel-Blues Continuum165
Integration on the Black Side of the Color Line177
Conclusion187
Bibliography193
Index201

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