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African American spirituals
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.2
Excerpt from Frederick Douglass' autobiography in which he describes the purpose and effect of spirituals for enslaved people. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Balinese gamelan musicians perform
Balinese gamelan musicians perform
Balinese gamelan musicians perform, as seen from the rear side of the orchestra. Two men, wearing red pants, long-sleeved blue shirts, and red and gold embroidered headscarves hold their mallets just above their intricately carved and painted metallophone...
Format: image/photograph
The Ballad of Frankie Silver
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.7
Frankie Silver was hanged in Morganton in 1833 for the murder of her husband. According to legend, she sang her confession from the gallows. This version of her "ballad" was printed in a Morganton newspaper in 1884.
Format: music/primary source
Banjo
Banjo
Format: image/photograph
Banjo statue
Banjo statue
Close-up of a statue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, showing a hand playing a banjo. The statue pays tribute to Steven Foster, who penned many classic American songs, including "Oh, Susanna" and "Camptown Races."
Format: image/photograph
Blind Boy Fuller monument
Blind Boy Fuller monument
A monument to the late local bluesman Blind Boy Fuller stands on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, North Carolina. The monument reads: Blind Boy Fuller 1907-1941 (aka Fulton Allen) Most influential Piedmont bluesman born in North Carolina....
Format: image/photograph
Bluegrass musicians in Union Grove, NC
Bluegrass musicians in Union Grove, NC
These are bluegrass musicians in Union Grove, North Carolina. Union Grove, located in Iredell County, was formerly the host of the Fiddler's Convention, which lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s. It is still host to the Old Time Fiddler's & Bluegrass Festival,...
Format: image/photograph
Boy singing in Malaysia
This is a recording of a young boy, Izzudin (11), singing what is probably a popular song in Malaysia. He is singing in Bahasa Melayu. His little brother Aizzad (5) helps out a bit, as does his father when he forgets some lyrics. From my journal: Supposed...
Format: audio
Buddhist festival music and fireworks
Part of a ten day vegetarian festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening event held at the temple that acts as a fundraiser and opportunity for people to get together. At the beginning of this recording, you can hear Hans from Netherlands explaining what...
Format: audio
Buddhist monks on Marble Mountain
A visitor to Marble Mountain, near DaNang, might appreciate the serene atmosphere, the intriguing caves filled with Buddhist carvings, and a view of the city below. Buddhist monks live inside a temple at the base of the mountain. You can hear the Buddhist...
Format: audio
Buddhist street parade, Chinese music
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This parade occurred during the day, and is one of the most unique aspects of this celebration. In this recording, you can a hear one style of music played during the parade. Of all the music...
Format: audio
Buddhist street parade, fireworks and drums
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This parade occurred during the day, and is one of the most unique aspects of this celebration. In this recording, you can hear the parade music, which was essentially a metal percussion instrument,...
Format: audio
Buddhist street parade, marching music
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This parade occurred during the day, and is one of the most unique aspects of this celebration. In this recording, you can hear the parade marching music, which was essentially a metal percussion...
Format: audio
Cao Dai religious music
This music and singing was recorded during one of the regular Cao Dai religious ceremonies that occur four times daily. This temple in DaNang is the second largest after the headquarters which are located in Tay Ninh. Men enter the temple from the right, walk...
Format: audio
Cao Dai religious music and singing
This music and singing was recorded during one of the regular Cao Dai religious ceremonies that occur four times daily. This temple in DaNang is the second largest after the headquarters which are located in Tay Ninh. Men enter the temple from the right, walk...
Format: audio
Chinatown in Malaysia, procession
Chinatowns exist all over the world, including other Asian countries, like Malaysia. I happened to witness some procession while I was in Chinatown in Melacca, a booming port city. It seemed to be a funeral, though the music sounds quite upbeat. I might have...
Format: audio
Dancing music in Cambodia, near Ta Promh
This is a musical excerpt recorded in the Angkor Wat temple complex in northern Cambodia. Angkor Wat is the name of an important temple built by the ancient Khmer civilization, but also has also come to refer to the expanse of temples in northern Cambodia...
Format: audio
The development of sacred singing
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 3.11
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.5
In the first half of the nineteenth century, the music of southern white churches expanded to express a broader range of emotions. To help singers, "shape-note" tunebooks were developed with easy-to-read notation. Includes audio of present-day shape-note singing.
Format: article
By Gavin James Campbell.
Doc Watson at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC
Doc Watson at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC
At the right is the guitarist Doc Watson, a legendary flat picker despite his blindness. MerleFest is named in honor of his son, Merle, who died in a tractor accident. Merle was also a legendary guitarist. MerleFest features some of the world's best bluegrass,...
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