Academic journal article Black Music Research Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Black Music Research Journal

Editor's Note

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With the publication of this issue of the Black Music Research Journal, my tenure as Editor ends. When I began in 2005, I was to serve for two years. As events have proven, this is my seventh year. Much has occurred in this period. The University of Illinois Press assumed the responsibility of publishing the Journal, and as a consequence it predictably appears in subscribers' mail boxes in May and October of each year. The scope of the scholarship published has, if anything, expanded and has made even more meaningful our purpose of publishing reports of research concerning both continental and diasporan African musics.

The geographic distribution of our contributors continues to be vast. Authors from Austria, Canada, Cuba, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom joined with others from across the United States to present research on a diverse range of subjects united in pursuit of a common goal: excellence. Ensuring that standard was met was the responsibility of Consulting Editors and other readers of submissions. They did their work with great dedication. It may surprise some to know the care taken to assist authors in the preparation of revised versions of their papers thanks both to close readings and carefully articulated suggestions by those reviewers. Again and again, authors wrote to express their thanks for the invaluable assistance these colleagues provided them during their work. Subscribers were the ultimate beneficiaries. …

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