Magazine article New Internationalist

Genuine Negro Jig

Magazine article New Internationalist

Genuine Negro Jig

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Genuine Negro Jig

by Carolina Chocolate Drops (Nonesuch 7559 798398 CD)

Hoe-down fiddles, the rhythmic rattle of spoons and kazoos with some banjos marking time, and you could be - where? A fictive Appalachian town? Some 1930s travelling music show? Actually, neither: the Carolina Chocolate Drops are a trio of presentday, classically trained Afro-American musicians who are busy rediscovering and reclaiming the Piedmont string band tradition of which their ancestors were very much a part. Genuine Negro Jig is the trio's label début for the ever-innovative Nonesuch imprint and it's a joyous thing. (Incidentally, try not to wince at either the band's name or the album's title: both are examples of a sinewy détournement -an act of turning an older meaning right over. …

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