“He’s Calling His Flock Now”: Black Music and Postcoloniality from Buddy Bolden’s New Orleans to Sefyu’s Paris

“He’s Calling His Flock Now”: Black Music and Postcoloniality from Buddy Bolden’s New... J. GRIFFITH ROLLEFSON When Buddy Bolden tuned up you could hear him clean across the river! Clean across the river! He woke up the working people and kept the easy living. Call on Buddy Bolden. Call him Buddy Bolden. Watch him, he's calling his flock now. He's calling his flock now. Here they come . . . --"Hey, Buddy Bolden," Nina Simone on Nina Simone Sings Ellington (1962) Nostalgia for Black and White On the 2006 track "En noir et blanc" the Senegalese-French rapper Sefyu begins with the sound of a West African shekere moving back and forth through the stereo field. Right left, right left, right left, right . . . its dotted rhythm emulating a heartbeat. As we wait for the completion of the next rhythmic dyad a needle is suddenly dropped on an old record. The vinyl J. Griffith Rollefson is lecturer in popular music studies at University College Cork, National University of Ireland. He has served on the faculties of music at the University of Cambridge and the University of California, Berkeley, where he also served as UC Chancellor's Public Scholar. His research has been supported by the Berlin Program, DAAD, ACLS, and British http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

“He’s Calling His Flock Now”: Black Music and Postcoloniality from Buddy Bolden’s New Orleans to Sefyu’s Paris

American Music, Volume 33 (3) – Jan 14, 2015

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J. GRIFFITH ROLLEFSON When Buddy Bolden tuned up you could hear him clean across the river! Clean across the river! He woke up the working people and kept the easy living. Call on Buddy Bolden. Call him Buddy Bolden. Watch him, he's calling his flock now. He's calling his flock now. Here they come . . . --"Hey, Buddy Bolden," Nina Simone on Nina Simone Sings Ellington (1962) Nostalgia for Black and White On the 2006 track "En noir et blanc" the Senegalese-French rapper Sefyu begins with the sound of a West African shekere moving back and forth through the stereo field. Right left, right left, right left, right . . . its dotted rhythm emulating a heartbeat. As we wait for the completion of the next rhythmic dyad a needle is suddenly dropped on an old record. The vinyl J. Griffith Rollefson is lecturer in popular music studies at University College Cork, National University of Ireland. He has served on the faculties of music at the University of Cambridge and the University of California, Berkeley, where he also served as UC Chancellor's Public Scholar. His research has been supported by the Berlin Program, DAAD, ACLS, and British

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