There is a bunch of back-channel swapping of music going on right now between some BoT-ers, and I thought I’d share a couple.
When Delmond talks about Alan Lomax’s field recordings of Angola prison work songs, he’s talking about this:
And when he talks about Mississippi fife and drum music, he’s talking about this here:
It is left as an exercise to the reader to Google up, say, some traditional music from Ghana to contrast and compare. Or to draw lines from that music through Congo Square to the Mardi Gras Indians. Or a parallel line from Congo Square, hop skip and jump to Cosimo Matassa putting out R&B singles that are picked up by Jamaicans and mixed with Caribbean sounds by people like the Skatalites, on to Kingston sound systems and dub toasting, which Jamaican immigrant DJ Kool Herc brought to NYC in the 1970’s where it was picked up by people like Grandmaster Flash and Boogie Down Productions, evolving into modern hip-hop and eventually coming full circle to give us the character of Lil Calliope.
When Ernie K-Doe said “All music is from New Orleans,” this is what he was talking about. Jazz? Congo Square. Rock and roll? Congo Square. Ska? Reggae? Congo Square. Hip-hop? Go back far enough, and it’s Congo Square.