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Where They At: New Orleans Bounce and Hip-Hop in Words and Pictures
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Bounce music's signature beats and call-and-response chants are deeply rooted in New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indian and second-line traditions. Using images, music and the artists' own voices, the exhibition documents pioneering New Orleans rappers from the 1980s and 1990s the period when bounce music evolved, melded and interplayed with lyrical hip-hop and gangsta rap in New Orleans to create a unique, hybrid Crescent City sound that is the newest branch of Southern roots music.

Photographer Aubrey Edwards and journalist Alison Fensterstock, over the course of 18 months, photographed and interviewed more than 40 rappers, DJs, producers, label and record store owners from the New Orleans bounce and hip-hop music scene. The exhibition includes original portraits and interview excerpts, original video and audio, and collected artifacts including vintage records, tapes, scene snapshots and other ephemera.

In collaboration with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. A selection from the exhibit will also appear in the Grandstand at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

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