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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
Instructions:
  • Answer 35 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. 'Father of the Blues'






2. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings






3. One of America's most famous jazz musicians






4. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)






5. A spirit dancer






6. Jazz played by small band and characterized by ensemble and solo improvisation






7. Rhythm characterized by syncopation in the melody and regularly accented accompaniment.






8. A steady - recurring pulse






9. First recorded anti-racial song; recorded by Billie Holliday






10. Ballroom that both whites






11. Rebirth of African-American culture






12. A musical figure repeated at the same pitch throughout the composition






13. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms






14. Combination of jazz and rock






15. Deliberate shifts of accent so that it conflicts with a steady beat






16. The art of planning dance






17. Basic rhytmic pattern that forms the foundation for complex rhythms played by multiple drums.






18. Developed ragtime music






19. An istrument that derives its sound by being shaken or struck.






20. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz






21. Space - time - and force






22. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables






23. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop






24. A measure or two where nobody plays except for the soloist.






25. Structure and design of a musical composition incorporating unity - variety - content - and repitition.






26. An African American music that often expresses sadness - longing - or frustration






27. One of the most famous female blues singers; first black woman to work with a white orchestra






28. And easy-listening type of jazz






29. A larger jazz band characterized by ensemble and solo improvisation






30. One of the most famous male blues singers who helped R & B develop






31. Black dance; once America's national dance






32. Big Band-first inter-racial music group






33. A type of spontaneous musical invention






34. A musical form distinguished by its reliance on improvisation and its rhythmic urgency; America's gift to the world






35. 'King of Swing'