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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 4. 1962.

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

The negro seems to have gone back to his basics in New Orleans—a more updated version of the original popular negro music. You can hear echoes of the field hollers and the ring shouts in the music of Ray Charles or the Drifters, and here again they may find a music that does not relegate them to the position of clowns—a role which has not been fashionable among the negroes of America since the Jazz Age of the 20s.