ARLINGTON, Texas – Billie Holiday’s wavy intonation has its roots in the Muezzin’s call to prayer, scholars say. The syncopated riffs and rhythms of blues guitar legend John Lee Hooker echo a traditional call and response, with painful lyrics about life, love and faith.
The bebop and cool jazz of American music will be explored when The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Architecture welcome back Hussein Rashid, adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University, to the campus next week for the discussion, “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Music.”
Rashid will explore Islamic impact on the musical and meditative traditions from such greats as John Coltrane to hip-hop’s Mos Def.
The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in room 204 of the Architecture Building, 601 W. Nedderman Drive.