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date: 09 April 2020

Congo Squarelocked

  • Freddi Evans

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“…It is always good for us, as Africans, to see what we call “survivals,” for lack of a better word, because they are indications of African culture as it was – its distinct characteristics. When you have that reinforced after many years of exodus, it means that there is some-thing in the culture that can survive in spite of the changes taking place…. Congo Square is evidence of what happened. A culture that is able to survive is not any kind of culture – it is resilient. It is able to transform itself and yet keep its vitality…” —J. H. Kwabena Nketia, PhD From the Foreword to Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans (2011)

From the colonial era to contemporary times African cultural practices have more than merely survived in New Orleans they have become standards Jazz music the rhythms and chants of Mardi Gras Indians jazz ...

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