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African American Women Play Musical Instruments: BeatBoxing

Names, Links, and Lists of African American women who play or played musical instruments.

What is beatboxing?

Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion using the mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. Various forms of beatboxing has existed for centuries. The more current form of beatboxing arrived with the hip-hop culture during the 1970s and 1980s. Human beatboxing is a musical system that does not rely on linguistic rules. 


A father-daughter bond kept tight by beatboxing by Liyna Anwar, an NPR webpage, July 13, 2018.

Beatboxer Finds New Sound in Opera by Chicago Composer by Angel Idowu @ News WTTW, December 2, 2019.

Beatboxing, mashups, and cyborg identity: folk music for the Twenty-first Century, by Tok Thompson. Western Folklore, v.70, no.2 (Spring 2011), pp.171-193.

Breaking Down the Beat: the art and science of beatboxing by Reed Blaylock, Nimisha Patil, Timothy Greer, Shrikanth Narayanan. University of Southern California Speech Production and Articulation Knowledge Group. 

Exploring the spectral and temporal characteristics of human beatbox sounds: a preliminary study by Kishna Yeshoda and Revathi Raveendran. Journal of Voice, 2021. 

Human beatboxing: physiological aspects of drum imitation by Alexis Dehais-Underdown, Paul Vignes, Lise Crevier-Buchman, Didier Demolin. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 150, A189 (2021). Acoustical Society of America. Meeting abstract.

Inside the rhythm and the rhyme of beatboxing: [Metropolitan Desk] by Britta Lokting. New York Times. November 10, 2019, p.MB.7.

"Make the music with your mouth": sonic subjectivity and post-modern identity formations in beatboxing by Shante Paradigm SmallsLateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, issue 3 (2014), Queer the Noise.  

Top music school offers degree in beatboxing: news in brief education. The Independent (London), September 17, 2014, News section, p.28. 

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