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Thread #153775   Message #3607026
Posted By: GUEST
04-Mar-14 - 06:25 AM
Thread Name: English vs. American folk culture
Subject: RE: English vs. American folk culture
"Black folk musicians have not surfaced in the UK because the anti-black racism is ignored there and not as not overt as it is in the US."

I have to pull you up on that outrageous statement!

The USA and UK have very different histories. Even now there are far fewer black people in the UK as a proportion of the population- and before WWII the black population of Britain would have been tiny.

While there have been black performers noted in Britain going back at least as far as Victorian times there has never been a distinct "black" folk music tradition in the UK to compare with the wealth of blues, gospel etc in the USA. The point being that the black population of the USA have had a great impact on the historic folk tradition of that country- this is not the case in the UK.

On the other hand, ever since there has been a substantial black population in the UK have been many successful Black-British acts- often building on music that has emerged from folk traditions- from Lord Kitchener and the Calyspo musicians who arrived on the Empire Windrush in 1948 onwards!