Saturday, February 15, 2014

Muslim Roots, U.S. Blues

If you link out to one thing from sansfife today (or ever), make it this.

The back-to-back recordings of the adhan (the Islamic call to prayer) and the early Delta blues singing of ex-slaves cannot be missed.

And here's the kicker, primes: slave owners let their slaves have their instruments so they could go on and sing their songs. With one exception.

The drum.

Turns out that the slave owners "felt threatened by its ability to let slaves communicate with each other and by the way it inspired large gatherings . . . ."

They were right. And I'm not sure that we ever really got off the plantation.

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