By Thomas F. Defrantz
Few will dispute the profound impression that African American song and move has had in American and international tradition. Dancing Many Drums explores that impact via a groundbreaking selection of essays on African American dance heritage, conception, and perform. In so doing, it reevaluates "black" and "African American " as either racial and dance different types. Abundantly illustrated, the amount comprises photos of a wide selection of dance kinds and performers, from ring shouts, vaudeville, and social dances to expert dance businesses and Hollywood motion picture dancing.
Bringing jointly problems with race, gender, politics, historical past, and dance, Dancing Many Drums levels greatly, together with discussions of dance guide songs, the blues aesthetic, and Katherine Dunham’s debatable ballet approximately lynching, Southland. moreover, there are picture essays: the 1st on African dance in manhattan via famous dance photographer Mansa Mussa, and one other at the 1934 "African opera," Kykunkor, or the Witch Woman.
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