Definition of race music in English:

race music


mass nounUS
  • Music popular among or played by black people, especially jazz and blues.

    • ‘The term rhythm and blues was coined by a Billboard Magazine journalist after he was asked by his editor to find an alternative for the label ‘race music’.’
    • ‘And the context the narrator provides for these migrants' dreams also precludes any smooth representation of ‘the glittering city’ and its ‘race music’.’
    • ‘And while consumers and music executives no longer employ the term, constructions of categories of ‘race music’ persist, re-packaged in Rhythm and Blues, Hip Hop, and Latin forms, among others.’
    • ‘When I walked into this, I had to learn a lot about this amalgam of country music and what was then called - what did they call it, race music.’