Friday, May 20, 2011

'Music of Black Los Angeles,' special issue of 'Black Music Research Journal,' edited by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje

[Jacqueline Cogdell-DjeDje]

On Oct. 18, 2010 we posted our most recent article on Jacqueline Cogdell-DjeDje: “Jacqueline DjeDje's 'Fiddling in West Africa' Wins First 'Kwabena Nketia Book Prize.'” Today she has asked us: “Would you please include information about a new publication on your web site?” Prof. DjeDje provides an introduction and the title of her contribution, Context and Creativity: William Grant Still in Los Angeles:

A collection of essays with an accompanying web site, entitled “Music of Black Los Angeles,” has recently been published as a special issue of the Black Music Research Journal (Spring 2011). Edited by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, the essays focus on a variety of topics: African music, art music, electro hop (a precursor to gangsta rap), Hollywood, holy hip hop, jazz, praise and worship, and spirituals. For details regarding the authors and essays, see below and visit the web site at:

Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Editor
Context and Creativity: William Grant Still in Los Angeles

Karin Patterson
Prince Modupe: An African in Early Hollywood

Eddie S. Meadows
Clifford Brown in Los Angeles

Charles Sharp
Seeking John Carter and Bobby Bradford: Free Jazz and Community in Los Angeles

Jesse Ruskin
Talking Drums in Los Angeles: Brokering Culture in an American Metropolis

Birgitta J. Johnson
Back to the Heart of Worship: Praise and Worship Music in a Los Angeles African-American Megachurch

Gabriela Jiménez
“Something 2 Dance 2”: Electro Hop in 1980s Los Angeles and Its Afrofuturist Link

Christina Zanfagna
Building “Zyon” in Babylon: Holy Hip Hop and Geographies of Conversion

Hansonia L. Caldwell
African-American Voices of Traditional Sacred Music in Twentieth-Century and Twenty-first Century Los Angeles

Dwight Dickerson
Jazz in Los Angeles: The Black Experience

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