Academic journal article Black Music Research Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Black Music Research Journal

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

With this issue, a new period in the history of the Black Music Research Journal begins. Samuel A. Floyd Jr., founder of both BMRJ and the Center for Black Music Research, has retired as editor of BMRJ. Before doing so, he asked that I succeed him in that role. Not only was I willing to do so, I was honored to be asked. From its inception in 1980, BMRJ has set a high standard for scholarship concerning African music, both continental and diasporan. Today, it is without equal as a publication in this area of research. It is my intention to maintain that standard in the future. The continuing dedication of the Consulting Editors whose close critical reading of submissions ensures that research of the highest quality is reported in these pages. Of equal importance is the work of the Center's Managing Editor, Laura Haefner, whose careful oversight of many of the details associated with the preparation of each issue and other forms of assistance have been invaluable. My deepest thanks are extended to all.

While noting the change of editors, I must also acknowledge with sincere appreciation the invaluable work of Marsha Heizer, for many years Associate Director and Coordinator of Publications at the CBMR. …

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