Living Encyclopedia of Global African Music

Dr. Karlton E. Hester, Editor in Chief (Copyright 2002 Karlton E. Hester)
Co-Sponsored by the UCSC Center for Teaching Excellence and African American Innovators, LLC


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Introduction

The Living Encyclopedia of Global African Music is a project created and directed by Dr. Karlton E. Hester. Our mission in creating LEGAM is to create a perpetual, living, history project that chronicles Global African music and the related socioculltural experience through musical presentation, historical research and oral documentation of "jazz" and other Global African music.

Our goals:

Designed to be a continuously evolving project, content is being added to the encyclopedia on a regular basis. Please check back periodically for updates to the Index of Entries.

The Encyclopedia of Global African Music is part of a larger frame-work entitled Rebuilding Global Community through the Arts, which is a series of project that, in their totality, are designed to reconnect a global community of artists, scholars, students, and the general public with the creativity and richness of African and African derived art forms and culture. Another component of Rebuilding Global Community Through the Arts is the annual Santa Cruz Global African Music Festival at UC Santa Cruz. Next year's festival/symposium will take place in April 2003. For more information on these projects or to receive a copy of the proposal you may contact us.

The Need for this Project:

There is an urgent need to document the history of many artists who are intimately connected to the evolution of Global African music in the twentieth century. Many of these people are advanced in age and will soon be passing away. The mission of this project is to create a perpetual, living history project that chronicles Global African music and sociocultural experience through the musical presentation, historical research and oral documentation of "jazz" and other Global African music.

Unfortunately, in the last few years, such key innovators as Joe Henderson, Makanda McIntyre, Stanley Turrentine, Betty Carter, Melba Liston, Art Farmer, Nat Adderley, Tony Wiliams, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, Grover Washington Jr., Lester Bowie, John Gilmore, Jonah Jones, Milt Hinton, J.J. Johnson, and numerous other "jazz" pioneers have already left us, taking much of their trmendous knowledge, experience, and wisdom with them.

Since the history of Global African music was never told from the perspective of the progenitors of the music, it is an important aspect of world history yet to be exposed and shared. As a consequence of centuries of slave era mentality and its appurtenant disrespect, existing Eurocentric histories on Afrocentric music predictably reflect the entrenched arrogance and disrespect that remains attached to the history of relationships between Europe, America, and Global African music. Slave era mentality, and it debilitating oppressive racists economic practices, because infectious worldwide to such an extent that few today feel the need to even acknowledge the origin of "jazz" as being African-American music and culture.

Furthermore, this separation of the firsthand history of "jazz" from the popularization of "jazz" has infiltrated the African-American community. Whereas at one time it was a requirement in the African-American community to know and understand the history of those that came before them, there is now an acceptance of what has been popularly written about "jazz." Unfortunately, these sources do not contain the cultural elements necesseray for the African-American community to continues its stewardship of "jazz" tradition or build from the cultural pride that such knowledge would bring. Developing this online resource will provide a nucleus for this information that will have far greater distribution into classrooms and communities than any other method could.

Click Here to View: 'Jazz - Designation as an American National Treasure' (House Congressional Resolution in 1987: HCR 57, 101 STAT. 2013)

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The Encyclopedia is a joint venture between the University of California at Santa Cruz and African American Innovators, LLC. By following the link below you you can explore the Encyclopedia contents. Because of the tremendous amount of evolving and currently unpublished scholarly work contained in the Encyclopedia, we want you to know that all of its content is copyrighted. This content may not be used without the permission of its author(s) for any purpose other than personal use. For permission to reprint or otherwise use its content please contact us.

Full Access to all features of the Encyclopedia will only be available on a limited basis. UCSC students have access to the full article content, as well as audio files and course readings on reserve. Public Users will be able to view the full Index of Entries and selections from the content itself. Please E-Mail Us if you are interested in a particular item that is not in the public acess area.

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The content of this website may not be used without the permission of its author(s) for any purpose other than personal use.


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