Bardu Who? The Bengali-African American who discovered Ella Fitzgerald

I’ve been fascinated with the tangled roots of Islam and Jazz for some time.  Indeed, the subject is especially of interest to me because the Black Muslim movement, especially among jazz players in the 30s-50s, was inspired and directly connected with the arrival of Muslims from the sub continent, especially those of the Ahmaddiya sect. (My other blog, Washerman’s Dog, has a few posts on the subject).

Just today I stumbled upon, thanks to that ever creative cultural sleuth, Naresh Fernandes over at Taj Mahal Fox Trot, another amazing chapter in the story of the interaction between South Asia Muslims and American jazz and R&B.  Read all about it by clicking here

Here is Ella singing Moonlight on the Ganges.