African Sounds in the American South: Community Radio, Historically Black Colleges, and Musical Pan-Africanism
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Type of Work11 pages
Citation of Original PublicationDavis, J. C. (2015). African Sounds in the American South: Community Radio, Historically Black Colleges, and Musical Pan‐Africanism. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 27(4), 437-447.
historically black colleges
black music history
One night in the early 1970s, Donald Baker received a call for help from a listener. Baker was hosting his regular show on WAFR-FM in Durham, NC, a town of 100,000 residents with a declining tobacco and textile economy. The sole Black-owned radio station in Durham, WAFR occupied the second story of a former Masonic temple on Pettigrew Street in the heart of Hayti, the city’s historic Black business district. The caller was throwing a house party that night but didn’t have a record player. Baker—known on the air by his adopted Kiswahili name Mwanfunzi Shanga Sadiki—usually played a mix of jazz, Latin, and soul, but this night he tried something different.