The Transformation of Black Music situates black musics within the broader cultural, political, social, and historical frameworks of the last millennium. It focuses on the dynamic musical practices that have emerged, morphed, and influenced each other in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora. The authors weave significant findings on black music with their own  musical accounts in order to craft a narrative that (1) reflects the musical phenomena generated, in part, by forced migration and (2) addresses the longitudinal implications of these phenomena for musicological and cultural discourse.

The book is divided into two parts.

  • Chapters 1 through 5 are organized geographically and surveys genres, traditions, styles of music making in the diverse locales of the Diaspora.
  • Chapters 6 through 10 provide case studies in which analytical tools are employed to understand specific issues that concern the creation, dissemination, and reception of Diasporic musics.