Mississippi, Musics of the River - United States

From Florida to Arkansas, from Virginia to Louisiana, the American South appearing in geographical maps from the 19th century onward seems to form a regular rectangle. Yet, the Old South is actually a region made up of regions, a collection of different origins and influences—sometimes opposed, essentially French and British. But beyond what links them—economic activity, the cement that has built the South is a common soul. We know the beliefs deep-rooted in the Southern spirit. War and segregation on one side, resistance to oppression, misery and the resulting birth of new cultural phenomena on the other. Blues and jazz, the ‘music of the devil’, born in Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana, have revolutionised contemporary artistic expression. They come from far away, from the African Continent, but seem to have found a new significance in tobacco and cotton fields