By Kyra D. Gaunt
2007 Alan Merriam Prize offered through the Society for Ethnomusicology
2007 PEN/Beyond Margins publication Award Finalist
When we expect of African American renowned song, our first suggestion will not be of double-dutch: ladies bouncing among twirling ropes, preserving time to the tick-tat below their ft. yet this ebook argues that the video games black women play —handclapping songs, cheers, and double-dutch leap rope—both replicate and encourage the rules of black renowned musicmaking.
The video games Black ladies Play illustrates how black musical kinds are included into the earliest video games African American ladies learn—how, in impression, those video games include the DNA of black song. Drawing on interviews, recordings of handclapping video games and cheers, and her personal commentary and stories of gameplaying, Kyra D. Gaunt argues that black women' video games are hooked up to lengthy traditions of African and African American musicmaking, and they educate very important musical and social classes which are carried into maturity. during this occasion of playground poetry and youth choreography, she uncovers the strangely wealthy contributions of ladies’ play to black renowned culture.