African Musical Culture in the New World: A Lecture by MCCC Faculty Member, James Kelly


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- James Kelly, a Mercer County Community College faculty member and coordinator of the Music program, will present a lecture entitled “Syncretism and Cultural Memory in African- American Music” at the college’s West Windsor campus on April 5 at noon. Part of the “Africans in the Diaspora” lecture series which runs through April, the talk takes place in the Communications Building, Room 156. It’s free and open to the public.

“My lecture will trace the survival of African musical culture in the New World in the face of the cruelties of slavery and subsequent racism, segregation, and disenfranchisement,” Kelly said. “This music has triumphed in various forms, from blues and jazz, to gospel and rhythm and blues, to all the divergent genres of rock music.”

Kelly holds a B.A. in Music from Swarthmore College and an M.M. from The New England Conservatory of Music. He has been teaching at Mercer for 15 years and has remained active as a jazz performer.

The campus is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.

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