PROJECT RECLAMATION & PAN-AFRICAN ARTS
Jekyll Island Convention Center: Jekyll Island, GA -- Thursday, February 26, 2015
Ancestral Memory's Project Reclamation component will present the lecture-demonstration "African-Derived Musical Instruments in the United States." In the hour-long, interactive presentation, Eddie Osborne will be joined by guest musician Ajamu Mutima in demonstrating a variety of African-derived instruments and instrument surrogates, or substitutes, including the tissue-and-comb kazoo, wooden and bamboo stampers, cast iron skillet gongs, the washboard rasp, quills (bamboo/cane panpipes), the diddley bow, and the gutbucket (washtub bass).
Musical Instruments will be available for purchase following the program.
The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m., and admission is $5.00 per person. Reservations are required; reserve online at www.jekyllisland.com or call the Jekyll Island Museum at (912)635-4036.
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Eddie Osborne will be part of a panel (which includes author Edwidge Danticat, Educator Carole Boyce Davis, and other national and local opinion leaders) discussing social issues affecting the global African community.
Lecture: African-Derived Names in the United States
September 30 (Friday), from 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Osborne is a former adjunct lecturer (Miami-Dade College, the University of Miami, Inlingua School of Languages, and EF International School of English) and one-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in a number of current and now-defunct publications, including Encore American & Worldwide News, Essence, Hip, Black Stars, and Writer’s Market ’85. Much of his time of late is spent crafting and marketing African-derived musical instruments, offering periodic instrument-making workshops, and lecturing.
In a talk at Camp Africa Florida 2016, cultural presenter Eddie Osborne will explore how African personal names and surnames have persisted, either in their original African forms or as barely recognizable alterations. His talk (“African-Derived Names in the United States”) is based on 25-odd years of research on African linguistic and other cultural retentions in the United States and elsewhere in the Americas.
The prevailing notion among scholars and laypersons alike is that the use of African personal names and surnames died out under slavery in the United States. The reality is that, though their use was severely curtailed, an underground tradition of employing African names has survived in the United States to this day.