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Thursday, October 11, 2007

In Tune With Her Ancestors

Forget genetealogy. Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater found a way to trace her African ancestry without swabbing her cheek or spitting in a cup.

A genealogical search for ancestors led back only 150 years, then the trail went cold. Bridgewater found a way to bridge the gap: “I’m a very intuitive person. I decided to just listen to music. I thought when I heard the music of the country my ancestors are from, I would recognize it. When I heard the music of Mali, it struck a very deep chord, and I just knew.” [Link]
The same thing happened to me! I wasn't sure of my Finnish heritage until I heard this.
[Photo credit: Dee Dee Bridgewater (ii) by Bruno Bollaert]

John

I'm worried. What does it mean for my genealogy if this is the music which speaks to me?

Chris

Are any of your ancestors from Dalmatia? Or perhaps from Chihuahua?

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