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Article by Cheryl Keyes makes 'top 20' list, America Folklore Society Review

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Ethnomusicology professor Cheryl Keyes

An article by ethnomusicology professor Cheryl Keyes was among the top 20 articles most often viewed, printed or downloaded from the Journal of American Folklore during 2014. “Empowering Self, Making Choices, Creating Spaces: Black Female identity via Rap Music Performance” ranked No. 7, according to an announcement in the Jan. 30 American Folklore Society Review.

Keyes is the author of "Rap Music and Street Consciousness" (University of Illinois Press, 2004), which received a CHOICE award for outstanding academic books. Her scholarly areas of specialty include African American music, gender and popular music studies. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on rap music and hip-hop culture in Mali, West Africa, New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles and London. Her research has been published in major journals and has appeared as book chapters, reference articles and reviews. Her recent research includes a study on the legendary New Orleans piano player, Henry “Professor Longhair” Byrd as well as a study on African American funk rock divas.

An accomplished singer, songwriter, pianist and flutist, Keyes also wrote, produced and directed the documentary, 'Beyond Central Avenue: Contemporary Female Jazz Instrumentalists of Los Angeles."

Keyes became the first woman as well as the first African American to serve as president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Chapter, from 2007-2009. She earned her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology/folklore from Indiana University.

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