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May 14, 2015


For Immediate Release

Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540

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Origins and Evolution of African American Music in Louisiana 

WHO: Shadows-on-the-Teche    


WHAT: Origins and Evolution of African American Music in Louisiana 


WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6 p.m.   


WHERE: 320 E. Main St., New Iberia, La.  





Dr. Joyce Jackson, from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, will present a concluding program to the events related to the Art & Shadows Celebration held this spring at Shadows-on-the-Teche. Dr. Jackson is an ethnomusicologist who has researched the origins of African American music in Africa and Haiti. She is the director of the African and African American Studies Program and an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.


She received her Ph.D in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in Bloomington. Her key interests center on African American music and culture and she has conducted extensive ethnographic research on gospel music. Jackson has been instrumental in the production of several documentary recordings and authored several interpretive liner note booklets published by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Capitol Records, Inc. and Louisiana Folklife Recording Series.

Jackson's other research is based on performance-centered studies of rituals in Africa and the African diaspora such as the a Ndupp healing ceremonies in Senegal, West Africa, the Black Mardi Gras Indians and the Baptist Easter Rock traditions in northern carnival Louisiana where she produced a documentary film called "Easter Rock."

Jackson has also examined the sacred rushing tradition in the Bahamas and traditions in Trinidad and Haiti to coincide with her research and forthcoming book on the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. In addition to her West African research, she has directed the LSU in Sénégambia Academic Program Abroad and taken student groups to Senegal, Gambia and Ghana. She is currently developing an academic study abroad ethnographic field school in Jacmel, Haiti.

This program is open to anyone who wishes to attend; however, those interested should call (337) 369-6446 for seating reservations or email cschramm@savingplaces.org.

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