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Rhiannon Giddens Is Reclaiming the Black Heritage of American Folk Music
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2/25/2019 at 2:52:34 PM GMT
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Rhiannon Giddens Is Reclaiming the Black Heritage of American Folk Music

By John Lingan ––

“In early 2018, folk-music torchbearer Rhiannon Giddens decamped to Breaux Bridge, La., with minstrelsy on her mind. In her early work with the Grammy-winning bluegrass band the Carolina Chocolate Drops and across two solo albums and a role in the TV series Nashville, Giddens has been as much a historian as a singer and banjoist. She’s won acclaim, including a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, for her attention to America’s folk traditions, but she felt that minstrelsy, with its troubled history, remained relatively unexplored.

‘It had such a gargantuan effect on American culture, world culture,’ Giddens says of the genre, which took root in the 1820s and ’30s. ‘This was the first time that tunes were written down. So I’ve been going at it from a musicology point of view, rather than looking at it as blackface and running screaming from the room.’

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To continue reading, visit the full article on TIME’s website.

Lingan, John. “Rhiannon Giddens Is Reclaiming the Black Heritage of American Folk Music.” TIME. (February 21, 2019). <http://amp.timeinc.net/time/5534379/songs-of-our-native-daughters-music-review>

 

 




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