Islam and the Blues with Sylviane Diouf
Through images and recordings, award-winning historian Sylviane Diouf of New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, illustrates how the blues, which originated in the American South, may have evolved from the techniques of the recitation of the Qur'an and the call to prayer in West Africa. She plays early blues recordings side-by-side with African recordings of the call to prayer and invites the audience to catch the similarities.
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the DC Public Library, along with the public libraries in Detroit, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Queens. It is funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.