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Reflective Rhythms

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A music and human rights podcast for children and families
5 Episodes
Hip hop is everywhere today, but sometimes we forget to talk about where it comes from and why. African and African Diaspora Studies scholar La’Kayla Williams joins us to discuss how Black musicians continue to build on hip hop’s powerful foundation and helps us understand the importance of speaking up about the negative messages that sometimes come out of hip hop. Hip hop duo Riders Against the Storm show us how we can use rap and hip hop to use our voices powerfully and creatively. (more…)
Latin America is a beautiful, diverse region full of different musical traditions. In this episode we explore Brazilian samba and how genres are continuously changing due to the efforts to all sorts of people. Ethnomusicologists Jeannelle Ramirez and Vicky Mogollón Montagne join us to talk about changing Latin American traditions and what it means to be Latinx. Hit play to hear from Vicky and Jeannelle and learn how to perform samba from Felipe Brito, Marco Antônio Santos, and Fábio Augustinis. (more…)
A brief discussion of what this podcast is about, and how you can get involved. We look forward to hearing from you! Transcript Click to Read Transcript Hi! Welcome to Reflective Rhythms. My name is Cristina Saltos, I’m a musicologist who studies the ways that we can use music to connect across the boundaries that exist between communities—particularly communities of color—and academia in order to share knowledge and create impactful, lasting change. This podcast has been created with that goal in mind. All of the episodes that you are about to hear are based on the music and human rights interests of communities of color and were created with the intention of starting conversations and finding solutions. I invite you to use this resource in any way you’d like with the young people in your life—whether in the car, the classroom, or on the couch. If you’d like to share how you’ve used this resource and what you think about it, I’d love to hear what you think! Feel free to contact me via the Reflective Rhythms website. I’d also love to know what you’d like to learn more about and welcome any questions, corrections or suggestions you may have. We may not agree on everything, but that’s totally okay. I certainly do not have all the answers and look forward to finding a solution and taking action together. Thanks so much for taking this time to listen to this brief introduction. Enjoy the show—and have fun!
Welcome to the show! Hit play to understand what Reflective Rhythms is all about and how you can be a part our learning journey. Transcript Click to Read Transcript Hi everyone! Welcome to Reflective Rhythms! My name is Cristina Saltos, I’m a musicologist, which means I study how humans make music, why humans make music, and how human music-making has changed over time. Reflective Rhythms is a podcast, which means my friends and I went into a recording studio with an engineer to talk about history and record music. We are very excited to share these episodes with you! You, however, are a key part of this show too! This podcast is all about learning from each other and growing together. This means that if you have any questions, ideas, topic suggestions, or corrections, we would love to know! A grown up in your life can help you contact us through the website. Another really cool thing about podcasts is that you can be doing just about anything while you’re listening—sitting, standing, dancing, even jumping rope! There’s no “right” way to listen, and we invite you to listen the way that works best for you. This includes taking breaks if you need to. If you’d like to take a break, just hit the pause button. Don’t worry, we’ll still be here when you get back. The music we play on this show is  full of lots of fun facts and history. To help you find some of the big ideas, we’ve included some special sounds called sound effects. When you hear this sound *sound plays* it means we are about to talk about a key historical, scholarly, or musical idea. Before we get started though, there are a few ideas and words we need to discuss. On this show we’re going to talk about race a lot. Race is an idea that we humans have created. In fact, scientists have discovered that when you look at our DNA—which is our human blueprint—we are almost exactly the same! Our idea of race goes all the way back to 1492, when Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean and stumbled upon the Americas, what are now North, South, and Central America. Columbus and his partners used people’s appearances, cultures, and languages to separate them, making up an unfair order that put some people at the top and others at the bottom to get what they wanted. Although definitions of race vary based on where you live in the world, race is defined by the meaning we humans give to the way someone looks. It is important to note that the way someone looks cannot truly tell us about their ancestry—which is the place where their family comes from in the world. People also draw racial meanings from other sources such as language, religion, and the way a person speaks. These meanings are often created by the societies we live in and their histories.  On this show we are going to talk about how race impacts people’s lives and the music they create. When we say that someone is “white,” it means that they are of European descent. When we say that someone as “black,” it means that they are of African descent. While these terms are helpful, it is important to remember that we are all human beings and that race is an idea that we can change. In fact, scholars like Michael Omi and Howard Winant have shown that race is something defined both by a country’s government and the actions of its people. Because of this, our definition of race can change over time and create space for us to listen to each other and collectively make things better for all people. We hope that Reflective Rhythms will encourage you to use your amazing brain to think of ways to make the world a better place. We also hope that you enjoy the music you hear and have fun trying it out with friends or on your own! Thanks for listening; we’ll see you soon! Works Cited Learn More about Cited Works Omi, Michael and Howard Winant. Racial Formation in the U.S. 3rd ed. New York; Oxfordshire, England: Routledge, 2015. Krulwich, Jad and Robert Krulwich, hosts. “Race Doesn’t Exist. Or Does It?” December 15, 2008, in Radiolab, produced by WNYC Studios, podcast, Mp3 audio.
We all know that different kinds of music can make us feel different kinds of feelings. But how do musicians use sound to create different moods and emotions? In this episode we’ll explore how the Blues queens of the 1920s used musical affect to express themselves and stand up for Black women. Singer-songwriter Sonya Jevette show us how to use musical affect in songs, and helps us understand what it means to be a feminist today. (more…)
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