Negro influences on Indonesia

  • M.D.W. Jeffreys University of Witwatersrand
Keywords: Indonesia -- Civilization -- African ifluences, Slave trade -- Indian Ocean Region, Culture diffusion -- Indian Ocean Region


The Rev. A. M. Jones in a recent article* on the relationship between Indonesian and African music has called attention to a very interesting cultural feature, but his deductions that Negro African music is indebted to Indonesia is open to grave doubt. The similarities in music between Indonesia and Africa are due to the impress that African Negroes, imported into Melanesia by the Arab slave trade, exerted on the culture traits of Indonesia.


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How to Cite
Jeffreys, M. “Negro Influences on Indonesia”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 2, no. 4, May 1961, pp. 10-16, doi: