Forthcoming from Bear FamilyÂ in 2013 is a 500 page bookÂ documenting the sounds and images of musicians and entertainers of African descent who worked in Europe before 1927, from minstrel shows to ethnological documentation, from the earliest ragtime to the emerging syncopated popular music styles and jazz.
The LP sized book, written by researchers Horst Bergmeier, Jeffrey Green, Rainer Lotz, and Howard Rye, will be in a boxed set accompanied by 40 CDs including every recoverable recording from the era, commercial or academic, restored by sound-engineer Christian Zwarg.
The CDs will include the complete output of the African-American string bands which recorded in London in 1916 to 1922, a unique documentation, recordings of authentic minstrelsy and vaudevillian and pioneer blues harp player Pete Hampton, and the earliest recorded examples of stride piano and rhythm scat singing.
From the 1920s will come important records of the earliest jazz including the complete works of Vorzangerâ€™s Band in London and Mitchellâ€™s Jazz Kings in Paris. From Africans come recordings of African languages and folk and religious music including the recordings of Rev. J.J. Ransome Kuti, Fela Kutiâ€™s grandfather.
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Thanks to Howard Rye.