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An Interview with John Storm Roberts

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 64 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Britain's John Storm Roberts, formally a writer with the “East African Standard,” a newspaper in Kenya, talks about the influence of African music in the Western Hemisphere, and the Caribbean in particular. Musical examples of a most unusual nature serve to illustrate his dialogue with Charles Amirkhanian. Mr. Roberts is also the author of “Black Music of Two Worlds”, published in September of 1972 by Praeger, as well as several other books on world music. Mr. Roberts also ran the mail order business Original Music, which distributed world music books and records in the years before the Internet, when such materials where very hard to come by outside of large urban centers. Mr. Roberts died in November of 2009.

The New York Times obituary can be found at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/arts/music/10roberts.html

Musical Selections:  Georgie Lyon [Jamaican work song] -- Mango walk [Jamaican dance song] -- Mummies [Dominican Republic drumming] -- Ya Lo Ve [Afro-Dominican drumming] -- Canto De Hacha [Dominican country merengue] -- Ay Lola Eh [Spanish influenced song] -- Josephine [Haitian merengue] -- [Kenyan guitar music] -- [Kirikiri music from the Congo]
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  Roberts, John Storm; World music; Music -- Africa; Folk music -- Haiti; Folk music -- Dominican Republic; Folk music -- Jamaica
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Roberts, John Storm
Recording Date:  8/17/1972
First Broadcast Date:  8/17/1972
 
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