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5 Questions To Melanie Zeck (Research Fellow, Center For Black Music Research)

The Center for Black Music Research stacks–Photo by A. Wong via I Care If You Listen


BY REBECCA LENTJES

Melanie Zeck is an ethnomusicologist, editor, and research librarian who has served a fundamental role at the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago; at the CBMR she is not only a research fellow but also works as managing editor of the Black Music Research Journal. Along with Sam Floyd and Guy Ramsay, she is a co-author of the book The Transformation of Black Music: The rhythms, the songs, and the ships of the African Diaspora, which argues against the exclusion of African music from “classical” music traditions and historiographies. Zeck previously served on the advisory committee for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

CAN YOU FIRST PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR WORK AT THE CENTER FOR BLACK MUSIC RESEARCH, AND THE WORK OF THE CBMR MORE BROADLY?
In 1983, the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) at Columbia College Chicago was founded by Samuel A. Floyd Jr. to serve as the only organization o…

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