African-American Music from the Mississippi Hill Country: “They Say Drums was a-Calling”

Posted: June 7, 2012 in Bill Steber, Drum and Fife, Otha Turner

Author: Bill Steber



“African Fife and drum music was historically at the center of black musical and social culture in North East Mississippi hill country and other Southern communities dating back to the birth of the nation. But with the passing of time and traditions, master fife player Otha Turner, at age 92, now heads the last African fife and drum band in Mississippi. Turner is teaching the music to his grandchildren.”



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