Where are the Mozarts?

Looking at the history of Western music, certain individuals stand out as musical geniuses: Mozart, Bach. We recognize this phenomenon and marvel at it. These individuals transformed the music.
So among the 4 to 10 million African-Americans, doesn’t it stand to reason that a musical phenomenon of some sort would spring forth? And doesn’t it stand to reason that such a genius would work with the music at hand, which might be Western music or music indigenous to Black culture? If so, can we recognize Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Robert Johnson, and others as geniuses who transformed American music? Are they lesser lights because they wrote and/or played non-Western music, a music that came out ot the amalgam of Western music and African?

One Comment

  1. 伟思礼 says:

    Maybe they’re harder to find with the internet making it so easy to publish. Or maybe there’s less motivation with the internet making it so hard to compete with the free and stolen stuff.

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