Islam and the Blues

Fascinating article about the connection between Islam and the blues. Apparently many of the West African slaves taken to the US between the 1600’s and mid-1800’s were Islamic, and there’s a strong connection, obvious to even the casual listener, between Islam’s standard call to prayer and one blues song from the early 1900’s.

The article doesn’t make clear how representative this particular song is of other blues songs of that period, or how many of the shared features are preserved in what people today popularly recognize as blues music. I’d love to hear that song.


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