Pascal Bokar Thiam

From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta

Pascal Bokar Thiam

Talk: From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta

"From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta: How West African Standards of Aesthetics Shaped the Music of the Delta Blues," traces the roots of modern American music back to the empires of West Africa, revealing many facts about the history of American music that few are familiar with. In this talk, Dr. Thiam explores the influences of West African music on the music of the Mississippi Delta, tracing the origins of blues, jazz, bluegrass, swing, funk, and other American musical styles. He discusses how music evolves over time and across cultures and how it impacts our culture and history.

Pascal Bokar Thiam

Pascal Bokar Thiam was born in Paris, France, and raised in France and in Senegal, has a Master's Degree from Cambridge College, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Doctorate Degree in Education with honors from the University of San Francisco, CA.

From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta: How West African Standards of Aesthetics Shaped the Music of the Delta Blues

From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta explores how West African standards of aesthetics and sociocultural traits have moved into mainstream American culture and become social norms.

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