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Echoes of Congo Square (Music)


Throughout the 18th and 19th century, enslaved Africans in New Orleans gathered to socialize, dance, and play music together for a few hours each Sunday, which was held by Spanish slaveholders as a day of rest. City leaders allowed Africans to congregate just outside of the then-city bounds, in Congo Square. Many historians of New Orleans believe that the Congo Square gatherings were instrumental in keeping African music and dance alive in New Orleans, and therefore in American music generally. While city leaders later tried to suppress these gatherings, the spirit of Congo Square endured. The first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which celebrates the vastly diverse musical traditions of and inspired by New Orleans, was held there in 1970. Echoes of Congo Square pays homage to the music of New Orleans, especially as the birthplace of jazz and the fertile musical ground out of which so much of American music has grown.

Mon Nov 20th 2017 1.30pm–3.00pm

R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links help support the station.

Time zone: eastern


Ellis Marsalis “Nica's Dream”
from Solo Piano (ROUNDER ?)


Harry Connick Jr. “Learn to Love”
from To See You (COLUMBIA -)


JAMES BOOKER “Medley: Slow Down / Bony Maronie / Knock On Wood / I Heard It Through the Grapevine / Classified”
from Resurrection of the Bayou Maharajah - Live at the Maple Leaf Bar CD Album (New Rounder 1993)

Like everything else, times are approximate. Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.