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Chocolate SurrealismMusic, Movement, Memory, and History in the Circum-Caribbean$
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Njoroge Njoroge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496806895

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496806895.001.0001

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Dedicated to the Struggle

Dedicated to the Struggle

The Aural Making and Unmaking of the Third World 1955–1965

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Chocolate Surrealism

Njoroge Njoroge

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the transformations in Black creative music in the post-World War II period. This period is particularly rich politically and musically, and this chapter explores some of the conversations and connections between musical ideas and visions of liberation. The changing configurations of post-war geopolitics (symbolized by the Bandung Conference), the heightened tenor of the Civil Rights struggle in the US (particularly after the Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling), and the beginnings of the long politics of decolonization in the Caribbean and on the African continent conjoined to open up a critical, conceptual, and geographic space for the articulation of new political identities, as well as musical sensibilities. By focusing on a group of musicians including Max Roach, Art Blakey, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Yusef Lateef, and Randy Weston, this chapter investigates some of the creative linkages and artistic ties that were formed and forged.

Keywords:   Decolonization, Civil Rights Movement, Yusef Lateef, Randy Weston, Ahmed Abdul-Malik

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