The influence of the west African songs of Derision in the new world


  • Theodore van Dam Member of the Jazz Institute



Music -- Africa, West, Music -- West Indies, Music -- India, Jazz, Calypso (Music), Blues (Music), Music -- Foreign influences


Jazz has an ancient and honourable tradition. Some of its elements, especially rhythm, may probably be traced back directly to West Africa. Actually West African music, in the course of its evolution, has influenced nearly all the music of the New World.

Author Biography

Theodore van Dam, Member of the Jazz Institute

Business director and member of the Jazz Institute, has for many years been interested in anthropology and music, and the connections between them.




How to Cite

van Dam, Theodore. 1954. “The Influence of the West African Songs of Derision in the New World”. African Music : Journal of the International Library of African Music 1 (1):53-55.