Photograph of African-American Man with Two Drums - Fife and Drum Tradition

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Small, B&W photograph of an African-American man outside playing a snare drum with a bass drum to the side. The photo has a light double image at the bottom and has some light wear and aging but is in excellent condition overall. This photo is significant because it almost certainly shows a man who is part of a drum and fife group. Drum and fife music in the upper South, northern Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi developed over time after the Civil War. It was a combination minstrel, marching bands, African polyrythms and even spirituals. The groups were usually led by a fife player who was followed by a number of drummers. In some ways the music was an African version of the marching band, though the music was much more varied. The Hemphills of Missisiippi were noted for their fife and drum festivals. This photo most likely comes from Northwest Georgia, but there is no way to know for sure. My date is a guess based on the fact that this type of small snapshot was common in the 1930's and 1940's. ; B&W Photographs; 64mo 3" - 4½" tall; 1 pages

Title: Photograph of African-American Man with Two Drums - Fife and Drum Tradition

Author Name: (Unknown)

Categories: African - American,

Publisher: Northwest Georgia (?), UNknown: ca. 1940

Binding: Photograph

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 15664

Keywords: African - American Black Negro Music Fife and Drum Blues Georgia Alabama Mississippi