The goal for this annotated discography project is to (re-)introduce readers to the breadth and diversity of their engagement with audio technology as a crucial dimension of Hughes and Baraka’s literary output. Such recordings, we contend, use technology as a politically charged medium that disrupts distinctions between orality and literacy, challenge the privileged status of the visual in Western culture, and transform the material texts of black poetry. Engaging with multimedia forms allows the artists to resist historical constraints on black literacy and broaden their literary audience.

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