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In this episode of Pop the Music Bubble, we are going to create a working definition for American traditional music, and look at its relationship to African Americans. Then, we will dig into songs of these enslaved people and how this music has laid a foundation for more music traditions to emerge. We will do this by listening to recordings of slave songs and deciphering their meaning.
This podcast was written and edited by BGSU ethnomusicology and saxophone alum Joe Johnson as an independent study project in Spring/Summer 2020, funded by a CURS grant.