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Local sculptor Rod Moorhead commissioned to make memorial to infant slave deaths in the German Coast area of Louisiana

One of the things I’ve been collecting for some time is historical references to African-American fife and drum music. ¬†This tradition has almost died out in the south– Othar Turner and his family in the Tate/Panola County area in Mississippi are an example of a tradition that has died out everywhere else in the […]

Turner Family fife and drum picnic is Friday and Saturday near Como, Mississippi

Scott Barretta writes in the Clarion Ledger:

One of Mississippi’s oldest and most unique musical traditions is the fife and drum picnic, which has traditionally had its strongest roots in Tate and Panola counties. On Friday and Saturday the tradition continues with the Otha Turner Family Goat Barbecue and Picnic in the Como area.


Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, also on Thacker tomorrow…

I’ve posted about Othar Turner before; he was part of a fife and drum tradition that at one time was all across the south– I know examples in Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina, but it has disappeared everywhere but the environs of Como, Mississippi.¬† She became the leader of her grandfather’s band when he […]