Ethnomusicology professor uses knowledge of EDM roots in album

Cheryl Keyes channeled her jazz and hip-hop education into electronic dance music.

Though the genre was new territory for her, the Department of Ethnomusicology professor said electronic dance music has roots in other forms of music she has spent years studying. Her album, “Hollywood and Vine,” which came out in April, features songs “Hollywood Vine” and “Want You,” and recently earned her a Global Music Award. Keyes, who is teaching African American Musical Heritage at UCLA this fall, said EDM stems from the underground culture of music styles from the 1970s.

“Its source springs from African-American bass music,” she said. “It was all about music to dance to, music that was electronically driven.”

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